The boy looked with disgust at the dog, quiet now in Kelly's lap.

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ciao amore

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Türkçe
The boy looked with disgust at the dog, quiet now in Kelly's lap.

Who's quite?

A) The dog
B) The boy
C) Could be both the boy and the dog

If you think the sentence is ambiguous, how would you amend it ?

 
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Almost certainly the dog. Logic dictates that the second part of the sentence refers to the noun immediately preceding it.

    Adding "which was" immediately after the comma would remove any doubt that may exist.
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Interpreting any real-world sentence involves both structural/grammatical cues and what makes sense. There is no ambiguity in this sentence, for me, and no real requirement to resolve a structural ambiguity by appealing to common sense.
    The dog is quiet now in Kelly's lap.
    If it had been the boy or both the structure would have been different.
     
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