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Seeing her daughter every night and morning, without fail, look into the mirror, and seem to talk with it, her father at length asked her the reason for her strange behavior.

What people do you think are involved here?

(1)a mother; the mother's daughter; and the mother's father(i.e. the daughter's grandfather)
(2)a mother; the mother's daughter; and the daughter's father
(3)either, depending its context
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Without context, it would be almost impossible to say.
ugh. That hurt my brain.

Only 1 is comfortable for me, but I suppose I could stretch it to finding sense in 2 as well.
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Nona The Britugh. That hurt my brain.

Only 1 is comfortable for me, but I suppose I could stretch it to finding sense in 2 as well.
How would you stretch it to finding sense in 2, nona?
I suppose I just wanted to force some meaning into it. I can't make it work now...it involved some complicated situation where the mother and/or father also had children with other people.
Nona The BritI suppose I just wanted to force some meaning into it. I can't make it work now...it involved some complicated situation where the mother and/or father also had children with other people.
I see.

Now, nona, could I ask something grammatical? My book says both 'every night and morning' and 'without fail' modify 'look into the mirror', but do you think it's really so?

I think they both modify 'seeing her daughter'...
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Ah I saw it as modifying looking in the mirror.
TakaSeeing her daughter every night and morning, without fail, look into the mirror, and seem to talk with it, her father at length asked her the reason for her strange behavior.
I'd say
a doughter and her father (or a father and his daughter, which is the same).
I'll take number one. I think the logical antecedent of the last her is the first her and second her, even though the daughter is the first noun. eg. I love her daughter and her cooking. The best interpretation is that I love the daughter's mother's cooking. But I could be wrong.

Unless the mother is a transvestite, then I'll say (4) A human and his/her/its offspring.

Either way, I'm going to ask for a new author, preferably one who uses less commas.
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