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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Criminal Sentence 545: Perpendicular, Not Parallel

From something I read:

"One spoke about religion, another about politics, and the last taught math in school."

There's something non-parallel here. Let's put everything in order:

"One spoke about religion, another discussed politics, and the last taught math in school."


Marilee Matheson said...

That sentence still sounds strange to me. It sounds like you're describing speakers at a meeting, so the last phrase doesn't fit.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

You're right. I was more concerned with parallelism than sense!