Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Feb 2007 15:51 UTC
Apple "Ten years ago to this very week, Steve Jobs killed Apple. Or he began to take apart many of the projects and organization that many inside and outside the company thought of as Apple's value to the computing industry. This event was the announcement of the company's infamous spring 1997 reorganization, which continued step-by-step throughout the spring. For the company's long-suffering developers and ISVs, push came to shove at the annual WWDC, where Steve Jobs revealed his plans for Apple's future direction. Today, with the iPod-influenced haze over of recent Apple history as well as the success of Apple's retail strategy and the Intel-Macintosh transition, we forget that some of that 'future' talked up in 1997 never happened."
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misplaced modifier?
by jasutton on Sun 11th Feb 2007 18:46 UTC
jasutton
Member since:
2006-03-28

I know I'm being a grammer nazi, but these things just come to me...

"The Day Steve Jobs Killed Apple and Other Anecdotes"

How can Steve Jobs kill other anecdotes?

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RE: misplaced modifier?
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 11th Feb 2007 18:54 in reply to "misplaced modifier?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The headline would be correct if it had a comma after 'Apple'.

Other than that, English has no official grammar/spelling, only by convention, which is different by a huge margin. Enlgish has no official set of rules concerning spelling, grammar, and pronunciation (there is no language institute [1] for English like i.e. my own native language Dutch has [2]) meaning that it is actually very hard to debate what is correct and what is not correct English.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_language_regulators
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_Language_Union

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RE[2]: misplaced modifier?
by trivas7 on Mon 12th Feb 2007 03:58 in reply to "RE: misplaced modifier?"
trivas7 Member since:
2005-07-28

So that the phrase ", and other anecdotes" would be in apposition to the the previous phrase "the day S.Jobs killed Apple"?

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RE[2]: misplaced modifier?
by javiercero1 on Mon 12th Feb 2007 01:13 in reply to "misplaced modifier?"
javiercero1 Member since:
2005-11-10

If you are going to be a "grammer nazi" at least spell "grammar" correctly.

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RE[3]: misplaced modifier?
by jasutton on Mon 12th Feb 2007 01:51 in reply to "RE[2]: misplaced modifier?"
jasutton Member since:
2006-03-28

You are so right...except, I'm being a 'grammar nazi' (note the correction), not a 'spelling nazi' ;)

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RE: misplaced modifier?
by tpchur on Mon 12th Feb 2007 06:44 in reply to "misplaced modifier?"
tpchur Member since:
2007-02-12

The sentence is ambiguous but not necessarily incorrect. It can mean either the intended meaning or the one that you brought up.

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RE[2]: misplaced modifier?
by amilcarodonte on Mon 12th Feb 2007 18:24 in reply to "RE: misplaced modifier?"
amilcarodonte Member since:
2006-02-07

Use of comma, that's a biggie... I agree with tpchur, it's not wrong or correct.

By the way, in my opinion it'd be a "style-Nazi": as far as I know, commas in English do not have a syntactical function (in contrast to other languages). It's a matter of style instead.

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RE: misplaced modifier?
by orfanum on Mon 12th Feb 2007 10:09 in reply to "misplaced modifier?"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

That would be "grammar-Nazi"

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RE[2]: misplaced modifier?
by orfanum on Mon 12th Feb 2007 12:52 in reply to "RE: misplaced modifier?"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Booooo. Looks like the "antigrammar-Nazis" are out, then....

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