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    Question Grammar

    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?!)
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    Peter M.


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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter M. View Post
    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!
    Peter M.
    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.

    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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