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    ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Hello,


    My name is Kathy Lee, mother of John Lee, who is a jailed Christian in Kosobo and suffering a lot.

    Is the above confusing?

    The jailed one coud be Kathy or John?

    How do I write it better?

    Thanks


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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by zazzex View Post
    Hello,


    My name is Kathy Lee, mother of John Lee, who is a jailed Christian in Kosobo and suffering a lot.

    Is the above confusing?

    The jailed one coud be Kathy or John?

    How do I write it better?

    Thanks
    I think this works well.

    My name is Kathy Lee, and my son is John Lee, who is a jailed Christian in Kosovo and suffering a lot.

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by zazzex View Post
    Hello,


    My name is Kathy Lee, mother of John Lee, who is a jailed Christian in Kosobo and suffering a lot.
    I'd write this:

    I’m Kathy Lee, John’s mother, whose son is a jailed Christian in Kosovo and suffering a lot.
    Last edited by mara_ce; 31-Jul-2009 at 02:27.

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Sorry, mara-ce, but that doesn't work at all.
    It's possible to read that as Kathy having more than one child, one of whom is John and the other who is jailed. It's even possible to read that and think that John is the one who has a son who is jailed.

    My name is Kathy Lee and my son John Lee is a Christian who is suffering greatly in jail in Kosobo.

    (Though what being a Christian has to do with it, I'm not sure, and although I had also assumed you meant Kosovo, maybe you did mean Kosobo.)

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My name is Kathy Lee and my son John Lee is a Christian who is suffering greatly in jail in Kosobo.
    OK, Barb. But, where is the apposition in your sentence?
    I thought that we had to write one.
    Last edited by mara_ce; 31-Jul-2009 at 02:45.

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Oh - I thought it was an odd but real request.

    My name is Kathy Lee, and my son is John Lee, a Christian suffering greatly in jail in Kosobo.

    My name is Kathy Lee, and John Lee, a Christian suffering greatly in jail in Kosobo, is my son.

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My name is Kathy Lee, and John Lee, a Christian suffering greatly in jail in Kosobo, is my son.
    Thank you, Barb. I like your new version, itīs better than mine.

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    Re: ambiguity with apposition and relative clause

    (Although as exercises go, it's an odd one! Suffering Christians in jail. Couldn't they do things like "who just opened an ice cream store" or "who just won the lottery"?)

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