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Are these correct:

1) His van was stolen. That's why the cops stopped him. They gave the van back to its rightful owner and booked him.

2) Her necklace was stolen. She had bought it from a fence.

3) The van he was driving was stolen. That's why the cops stopped him.


Gratefully,

Navi

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They are all correct, but the first one elicits a second and a third look once you get to the last word. One asks oneself "Why did they book the rightful owner?" But a backtrack and reread solves the somewhat ambiguous reference. And I'm not even going to get into why the cops might have stopped the man whose van was stolen rather than the man who stole it (first two sentences).

Did you put that first one in there to see if we were awake? Emotion: smile

CJ

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Thank you very much, CalifJim,


No. I don't do that kind of thing. As usual, I was trying to go into the Twilight Zone of the English language. I always thing the answers to my questions would be obvious for a native speaker. That is not always the case. But I don't deliberately try to confuse people. I am confused. That's all.


Gratefully,

Navi

navitasanthe Twilight Zone of the English language

Emotion: smile

CJ