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Fun for Friday: Grammatically Correct Sentences That Sound Wrong

Buffalo sentence diagrammedEnglish is weird, difficult for non-native speakers to master, and confusing even to native speakers.

Case in point, check out the diagrammed sentence to the right. I can’t exactly explain what it means, but it’s apparently grammatically correct.┬áSo are these other sentences.

While they may be grammatically correct, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to use them. If you’re lucky, they just make you seem clever. But so many of them use technicalities of grammar to deliberately obfuscate the point they want to get across, which is really not something that a fiction writer (or, really, any sensible writer) wants to do.

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