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    Which word(s) does this modify?

    Hi, I have a question about this English sentence.

    Drug A is indicated in the treatment of chronic lymphatic leukemia, malignant lymphomas including lymphosarcoma, giant follicular lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease.

    Is "malignant lymphomas" modify all of "lymphosarcoma, giant follicular lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease", or just "lymphosarcoma"? That is:

    1. ... in the treatment of A (chronic lymphatic leukemia) and B (malignant lymphomas including lymphosarcoma, giant follicular lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease.

    2. ... in the treament of A (chronic lymphatic leukemia), B (malignant lymphomas including lymphosarcoma), C (giant follicular lymphoma) and D (Hodgkin’s disease).

    I think it's 1, because giant follicular lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease as well as lymphosarcoma are malignant lymphomas.
    But in that case, isn't "and" necessary? That is...

    "Drug A is indicated in the treatment of chronic lymphatic leukemia, and malignant lymphomas including lymphosarcoma, giant follicular lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease"?

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    Re: Which word(s) does this modify?

    Your analysis is correct; we simply cannot tell for certain what the writer intended. This is a badly written sentence.

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    Re: Which word(s) does this modify?

    Thank you! :)

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