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    Default Adjective at the end of sentence

    In the following sentence, does the clause "funded with your paychecks" apply to just "savings account" or does it also apply to "checking account."


    Take some money out of your checking account and the savings account funded with your paychecks

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    Default Re: Adjective at the end of sentence

    Hello Gram,

    For me, the preceding "the" suggests that only the "savings account" is qualified by the final phrase.

    That said, I find the sentence a little strange where did you find it?

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    Default Re: Adjective at the end of sentence

    I made up the sentence.

    So what if the sentence is:

    "Take some money out of the checking account and the savings account funded with your paychecks."

    Does "funded with your paychecks" modify just "savings account" or also "checking account?" Thank you for your time MrPedantic.

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    Default Re: Adjective at the end of sentence

    Hello Gram,

    I would call it ambiguous; although my first reaction is to say that it qualifies only "the savings account", it might easily qualify both.

    In speech, on the other hand, if it qualified both, there would probably be a slight different intonation, and a briefer pause after "checking account".

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