A student sent by the dean, who was an idiot, died.

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Leafka

Senior Member
Polish
Hi,

The sentence below is my own:

A student sent by the dean, who was an idiot, died.

My first thought is:
A student sent by the the dean died. Additional information that can be omitted: the dean was an idiot.

But we can also understand the sentence this way, right?
A student who was sent by the dean and was an idiot died.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    The relative clause seems to refer to the dean, Leafka. The example is a poor sentence if you wish the reader to understand that the student, not the dean, was an idiot.
     

    Leafka

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Yes, I can see it would be a poor choice if I wanted to tell the reader the student was an idiot. Thanks :)
     
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