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Unformatted text preview: • Take the box that is on the table and put it by the window in the kitchen. • Take the box off the table that is by the window and put it in the kitchen Ambiguous Newspaper Headlines Newspaper headlines need to be as short as possible, so whilst they obey grammatical rules, they tend to omit little, unimportant words like the and is . But are these words unimportant? The result of leaving them out can result in highly ambiguous sentences , which are often quite amusing. These are real newspaper headlines: • KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS • GRANDMOTHER OF EIGHT MAKES HOLE IN ONE • MILK DRINKERS ARE TURNING TO POWDER • DRUNK GETS NINE MONTHS IN VIOLIN CASE...
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- Fall '11
- Grammar, English-language films, Black-and-white films, Ambiguity, Syntactic ambiguity