Not Your Gramma's Grammar

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Feb 21 04:21:35 UTC 2008

I don't have a great problem with this, even without the photo (I'm
not in the NY Region).  I take it as meaning "pictured near his
apartment", aided by my acquired cultural knowledge that "intensive
therapy" doesn't happen near apartments -- especially in the Bronx.


At 2/20/2008 10:16 PM, Doug Harris wrote:
>A cut line (photo caption) on the front page of the NY/Region of today's
>NY Times:
> >Jacob Rivera, 15, near his apartment in the Bronx, who was convicted of
>assault, receives intensive therapy as part of his new sentence.<
>The topic of typos has arisen here again recently. Many such, as
>has been noted, can be excused by time and other pressures. It's
>not so easy, though, to 'justify' subject-object twice (by commas) removed
>disasters such as this one.
>What  makes it worse, this wasn't a breaking-news story, so there should
>have been sufficient time to appropriately copy-edit it.
>(the other) doug
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