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    Kindly R-K "They say."

    Would someone kindly Reed-Kellogg this newspaper headline:

    If you are planning a raid, they say, tell us.

    I don't know whether it means:

    They say (that) (you) tell us if you are planning a raid.

    or

    They say (to) tell us if you are planning a raid.

    Your guidance, please.

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    Re: Kindly R-K "They say."

    "They say tell us (that you are planning a raid), if you are planning a raid."

    The sentence as it stands in your post does not actually make it clear what they should tell us.

    I'll have to wait until I get home to diagram it.

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    Re: Kindly R-K "They say."

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post

    Thank you SO much.

    Here is the complete headline & deck. I have deleted two words for diplomatic reasons.

    X GIVE U. S. AN EARFUL

    Elders in X, invited to discuss development, turn the focus on security. If you're planning a raid, THEY SAY, tell us.

    Would you say that your second diagram is the most appropriate?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Kindly R-K "They say."

    I still can't tell.

    "THEY SAY" kind of smacks of what in the sixties we called "the establishment".

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    Re: Kindly R-K "They say."

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I still can't tell.

    "THEY SAY" kind of smacks of what in the sixties we called "the establishment".

    "They" refers to the "elders."

    Thanks!

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