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    a secret try it

    This sentence has more than one meaning. can you guess what they are?

    I killed a man with a knife while he was walking.
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    Re: a secret try it

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    This sentence has more than one meaning. can you guess what are they?

    I killed a man with a knife while he was walking.
    Either you had the knife and killed a man with it while he was walking,
    ....................................OR>........... ......................
    A man was walking down the street, holding a knife, and you killed him, perhaps with your car, with a gun, or you hit him over the head with something.

    If you want to learn what a difference punctuation makes, read a book called "He eats leaves and shoots"

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    Smile Re: a secret try it

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    This sentence has more than one meaning. can you guess what are they?

    I killed a man with a knife while he was walking.
    I killed a man by means of a knife while he was walking.
    I killed a man who had a knife while he was walking.



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    Re: a secret try it

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Either you had the knife and killed a man with it while he was walking,
    ....................................OR>........... ......................
    A man was walking down the street, holding a knife, and you killed him, perhaps with your car, with a gun, or you hit him over the head with something.

    If you want to learn what a difference punctuation makes, read a book called "He eats leaves and shoots"
    That's Eats Shoots & Leaves, and it's full of mistakes! (Pretty entertaining, though.)

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    Re: a secret try it

    - For those not familiar with the book, please see:


    Amazon.com: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to ...

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    Re: a secret try it

    - And for those unfamiliar with the book and who may be curious about the curious title: an excerpt from a leading review at amazon.com (please see the link provided in the previous post above) explains:
    ... Take the peculiar title, which is from a joke: A panda goes into a café, orders a sandwich, eats it, takes out a revolver, fires it into the air, and goes out. When the waiter calls to ask what is going on, the panda plunks a badly punctuated wildlife manual onto the table and growls: "Look me up." The waiter finds the entry: "PANDA. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."

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