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    Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    I have just stumbled upon this and I have found it very interesting:

    James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher

    Now, your goal is to punctuate the sentence in order to make sense.

    PS: I hadn't managed to do it so I took a glance at the answer.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    It seems like nobody dared to give it a try or, at least, nobody was able to solve it. Here comes the answer:

    James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    It seems like nobody dared to give it a try or, at least, nobody was able to solve it. Here comes the answer:

    James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.
    If that still presents a problem to some readers, try this:

    James, while John had written (e.g. in his examination) "had", had written "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

    or: James had written "had had", while John had written "'had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Try this one, SirGod (or others):

    The Director of Holland and Anderson ordered some business cards. When they were delivered, he was not saitisfied with the appearance of the name of the company - 'Holl..and... and... And..erson'.., so he wrote to the printer (this is what you have to punctuate, with capital letters where necessary):

    There is too much space between holl and and and and and and and and and and and and and and erson.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Also remove the unnecessary spaces? Also, while I am beating my brains about that, try this (you or anyone else):

    that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
    Last edited by SirGod; 23-May-2011 at 19:39.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    Also remove the unnecessary spaces? Also, while I am beating my brains about that, try this (you or anyone else):

    that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is
    That's a goodie. I'll leave it for a learner to try.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    I think I have just done it!

    There is too much space between "Holl" and "and", "and" and "and", "and" and "And", "and and" and "And", "And" and "erson".

    However, I am not sure about my solution.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    I spoilt it by putting one too many 'ands' in my original post. Sorry.
    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    I think I have just done it!

    There is too much space between "Holl" and "and" correct, "and" and "and", possible "and" and "And" correct, "and and" and "And"no, "And" and "erson"correct.

    However, I am not sure about my solution.
    A good attempt in an unfair puzzle
    My solution is
    'Holl..and(1)... and((2)... And(3)..erson'
    There is too much space between "Holl" and "and(1)", and "and(1)" and "and(2)", and "and(2)" and "And(3)" and "And" and and erson.

    My apologies once again for spoiling it.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-May-2011 at 18:18.

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Don't worry, there is no problem. If you have another, here I am!

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    Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Can you think of a (reasonably ) possible utterance containingthat that that that that that that makes sense?

    There are six thats - I've checked carefully.

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