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Post by Stevenloan » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:39 pm

Hi you guys! Which sentence is grammatically correct in the following link (the first picture)?

http://www.themetropolist.com/nightlife ... emed-food/

1. There are two flags put on the top of the two hamburgers.
2. There are two flags stuck on the top of the two hamburgers.

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Flags

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:26 pm

Both question forms are grammatically correct, but both of them are also ambiguous (do the hamburgers each have just one flag in them, or two?). The way both your questions are phrased suggests two flags per hamburger, whereas the photo shows just one flag per burger.

I suggest:

There is a flag stuck on top of each of the two hamburgers.

More colloquially:

There's a flag sticking out of each of the two hamburgers.
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Re: Flags

Post by tony h » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:30 pm

Being unambiguous is an art that goes beyond grammar.

Steven, if you can get them, I think you would enjoy an old TV series made by the BBC called "Yes Minister".
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

Re: Flags

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:04 am

Erik and tony h : Thank you two very much. Enjoy your weekend!
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Re: Flags

Post by Wizard of Oz » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:22 am

Ok so I am late in responding, however, this sentence does not work for me,

There is a flag stuck on top of each of the two hamburgers. The meaning of this to me is that the flag is stuck on with glue; it does not penetrate the burger. I would need to say,

There is a flag stuck in the top of each of the two hamburgers.


WoZ who is in not on
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Re: Flags

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:23 pm

WoZ: Thanks so much for the input.
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