On 12/13/2011 12:16 PM, Luke Gerhardt wrote:
(which is the model we had stolen)
Okay, this is totally off-topic...but...I had to pause at this
statement, and then--after a long pause with my head tilted ever so
slightly to the side in silent confusion--I recalled that you had a
laptop stolen *from* you. This was a good reminder to me of the
ambiguity possible in the written word.



Same thing happened to me. Then my inner grammar cop kicked in and replaced the statement with "the model we had had stolen" and all was right again. But since almost nobody uses pluperfect (or future perfect) these days, I simply ignored the grammar cop. Besides, he was busy rewriting the sentence entirely "that had been stolen... that someone had stolen... " so I just walked away. :)

Joe

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