Squinting modifiers (for) grammarly says


Gideon sent for troops to chase and destroy the army.  

asked May 25 '13 at 03:56 Susan New member

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I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.


What is your question?

link answered May 25 '13 at 05:21 Tony Proano Expert

Sir, you have written as though an elephant was wearing a pajamas. I didn't get you.

SanjayMay 25 '13 at 07:33

I think it was for Susan to state about missing the question.

Rahul GuptaMay 25 '13 at 07:39

Sanjay, that is an example of a famous squinting modifier (from Groucho Marx). "In my pajamas" is the modifier, and you have to "squint" to determine who is wearing them. As it stands the sentence's real meaning can not be determined. Without further clarification on the writer's part you do not know for sure.

Tony ProanoMay 25 '13 at 13:56

Thank you, sir.

SanjayMay 27 '13 at 05:15

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