come on Sarah, diagram that sentence...

you know that it is ambiguous as written.

C+ for effort.

Posted by MajMike at November 29, 2005 07:29 PM

I'm not arguing that it's not *grammatically* ambiguous, but what I'm asking -- from a Descriptive point of view -- is whether *meaning* should count at all for ambiguity.

Posted by Sarah at November 29, 2005 07:34 PM

Can we just agree to say that there is no ambiguity about which one has been convicted? :D

Posted by Pericles at November 30, 2005 03:00 AM


I knew what you meant. :-)


Posted by Erin at November 30, 2005 11:39 AM

How about, "...had he not been convicted of a felonious crime", or "...had he not been a convicted felon"?

Love your site, Sarah, and wish you and your Captain a great Christmas and New Year.


Posted by Jim Shawley at December 1, 2005 01:06 AM