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    They stole a box from Jeff's house full of jewels.

    Is the box full of jewels or Jeff's house?

    If 'full of jewels' refers to 'Jeff's house', doesn't the sentence imply that Jeff has more than one house?

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    Re: full of jewels

    It could do, or it could just imply that they only stole one box from a house filled with so much more to steal.

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    Re: full of jewels

    Thanks a lot TDOl,

    So the sentence can't mean that the box was full of jewels?

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    Re: full of jewels

    In all probability it would mean that they in fact stole a box full of jewels, though the word order could be improved. It's more likely that the house had enough jewels to fill a box than that it was full of jewels or one of his many houses and identified by the contents. I was answering your second question. Logic here, steers me to think the jewels were in the box.

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    #5

    Re: full of jewels

    Does that sentence have a misplaced modifier and should be written like this instead?
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    "They stole a box full of jewels from Jeff's house." (this one may sound like "jewels from Jeff's house" but that still makes sense, right?)

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    Re: full of jewels

    Dihen, your version is what the original should have been.

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