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    Prepositional modifiers..help please!

    Here's the sentence:

    "In July, 2003, you were in attendance as the attorney for Bob Smith at a general meeting of the Redwood Owners Association of which he was a member."

    Here's the question:

    After reading this sentence, written by the president of the Redwood owners association, would you conclude that Bob Smith is no longer a member of the Redwood Owners Association since the prepositional phrase "of which he was a member" defines/modifies Bob Smiths relationship to the association...or would you conclude that "of which he was a member defines his "membership" in the general meeting?

    Thanks for any assistance!

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    Re: Prepositional modifiers..help please!

    Dear Jmarrenjr:

    I would interpret it to mean that, at the meeting in July of 2003, Bob Smith was a member of the Association. Whether he is still a member is not indicated by this sentence. 'Of which he was a member' indicates his relationship to the Association at the time of the meeting, and, to some degree, explains your presence at the meeting.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra


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    Re: Prepositional modifiers..help please!

    Petra,

    Your reply is helpful and provides a fresh understanding of the sentences nuance.

    Thank you very much!

    Regards,

    Jack Marrren

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