it was Ken, not Steve

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it was Ken, not Steve

Post by navi » Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:34 am

Which is correct:

1) It was Ken, not Steve, talking to Jane on the phone.
2) It was Ken, not Steve talking to Jane on the phone.

It seems to me that '1' is fine and means the one talking to Jane on the phone was Ken, not Steve.

The second one is strange. Maybe it would work in a context like this:

Who kicked me under the table? It was Steve wasn't it?
No. It was Ken, not Steve talking to Jane on the phone.

Meaning:
No. It was Ken, not Steve as he was talking to Jane on the phone.

It is still a strange thing to say, but maybe it is grammatical?!

Gratefully,
Navi
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