There was an actual sentence on web:
His comments followed a V. statement on Saturday attempting to clarify the meaning of the academic speech made in ...
Q: attempting refers to His comments or to a V. statement on Saturday - and why? (Or the sentence is ambiguous in itself, and therefore bad?!)
Thanks for reply!
It's not ambiguous - it refers to the statement. 'His comments' is the subject of the sentence; 'followed' is the verb; and the rest of the sentence is an object clause of the verb.
Originally Posted by Peter M.
In order to achieve the meaning you suggest, the object clause must be broken with a conjunction, as in:
"His comments followed a V. statement on Saturday, and (they) were attempting to clarify the meaning..."
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