From a notice from my cable company regarding the program "The Tudors." These sentences concern Henry VIII, who married six women. Here are two sentences of background before the error:
"When his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, is unable to give birth to a son, Henry seeks a divorce--which the Catholic Church refuses to grant him. As a result, Henry severs England's ties from Rome, and severs many heads in the process!"
Now for the mistake:
"He then remarries the beautiful Anne Boleyn."
This bad sentence suggests that Henry had already married Anne. He married each wife only once. The writer should have written something like this:
"He then gets married again, this time to the beautiful Anne Boleyn."
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