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    Default Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    I tried but, frankly, I have no idea.

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    It is an artificial situation, similar to the 'had had' one:

    Two teachers are discussing a pupi's written work. The pupil had written this sentence:"He said was wrong."

    Teacher A. The pupil should have written "He said that was wrong". (1)
    Teacher B. To be formally correct, it he should have written, "He said that that was wrong". (2)
    Teacher A: I feel that 'that that' is clumsy. (3)
    Teacher B: Well, I feel that that 'that that' that I suggested is correct. (5)


    Teacher C, on hearing of this conversation later: He said that? That that 'that that' that he had suggested was correct? I don't believe it! (6)

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    Huh, I would never have solved it. Thank you for the challenge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    Huh, I would never have solved it. Thank you for the challenge!
    You're welcome. - It was a bit devious.

    Have you got any more?

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    Default Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Here is a good one:

    buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo

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    Default Re: Grammatical puzzle - punctuation

    Long time, no reply. Here is the answer:

    Buffalo has several meanings:

    a. the city of Buffalo, New York, United States, which is used as a noun adjunct in the sentence and is followed by the animal;
    n. the noun buffalo, an animal, in the plural (equivalent to "buffaloes" or "buffalos"), in order to avoid articles;
    v. the verb "buffalo" meaning to bully, confuse, deceive, or intimidate;


    Buffalo (a) buffalo (n) Buffalo (a) buffalo (n) buffalo (v) buffalo (v) Buffalo (a) buffalo (n).

    Source: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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