"similar to" in botched syntax

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 2 20:02:46 UTC 2012

I've seen this construction in edited print a number of times:

2007 Helen Morales _Classical Mythology_ (N.Y.: Sterling, 2010) 110:
However, one scholar argues that she [sc. Polyboea] would have had a
similar relationship to Artemis that that her brother enjoyed with Apollo.

What the author means is that Polyboea "would have had a relationship to
Artemis similar to that which her brother enjoyed with Apollo."

There are even simpler ways of phrasing it too.


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