“Since June, when he came to the former cattle ranch from New Jersey, he’s been recording the birds.”
It struck me funny, as I recognized a misplaced antecedent. So I emailed the columnist and said,
“Gee, I learn something new every day.
For instance, I never knew that cattle ranches came from New Jersey.
I never even knew there were any cattle ranches in New Jersey!”
He emailed back:
“This sounds ominously as if you've discovered some poor grammatical construction. I will investigate. Congratulations on the excellent sarcasm.
I had to respond to that, so I emailed back:
“Me? Sarcastic? Yeah, I s'pose so.
Actually I burst out laughing when I read it. Aha! A misplaced antecedent! Easily fixed. Switch the 'to' and 'from', thus:
"Since June, when he came from New Jersey to the former cattle ranch, he's been recording
No, I am not now, nor have I ever been an English teacher. I'm a retired accountant. But I do appreciate good writing.
Here are a couple of juicy ones from Google:
“Breathe in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, then breathe out through your mouth”
“The room contained a chair, a desk, and a lone light bulb. It was twenty-six feet long by seventeen feet wide.
Then he emailed back --
|Thank you for that very entertaining reply. At first I
thought I had an "aha" moment of my own when I spotted your "nor"
without a corresponding "neither," but apparently this isn't a hard and
fast rule, and the preceding "not" will suffice. Language is a supple
thing; not always easy to get it just right. I'm always pleased when
someone with an eye for its suppleness wants to discuss it.|
Fun of a different kind --
Oh, goody! my favorite medicine!
Who you lookin' at?
Who you looking at?