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    Talking More questions about BBC grammar...

    It seems that BBC should hire me as their editor....

    I found the following sentence in this article:
    BBC NEWS | Europe | Lone gunman clue in Greek murders

    Ballistics tests on cartridges found near the bodies all came from the same weapon.

    Have I gone completely mad, or the way this sentence is formed implies that the ballistic tests are the ones that came from the same weapon

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    Which isn't of course entirely unheard of way of sentence structuring, but still...It would make a heck of a lot more sense (and it would have been much better grammar, IMHO) to rephrase it as :
    Ballistics tests on cartridges found near the bodies [revealed that they] all came from the same weapon.


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    Re: More questions about BBC grammar...

    No you haven't. But don't blame the correspondent who wrote it. Some sub-editor presumably excised your three words, thinking he could save a few milliseconds. I don't know - first fast food, then fast language.

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    Re: More questions about BBC grammar...

    They slap things up on their webiste and do a lot f editing later: News Sniffer - About
    This site, though its primary aim is to allege that the BBC censor the news, does show how much gets changed. The site does have to respond very fast to events. I saw a blog boasting that they had broken a story twenty minutes (!) before the Beeb. The downside of the speed is some sloppiness of language.

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