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 Post subject: Thanks for clarifying
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:29 am 
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Six firefighters have been injured fighting the blaze, including two Tuesday, who suffered, respectively, back spasms and a sprained knee.

(The Fort Collins Gannett Product)<p>Now we know which firefighter had which injury.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanks for clarifying
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 11:31 am 
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Perhaps the two firefighters mentioned are, in fact, the renowned firefighting Tuesday twins -- whom everyone commonly refers to as "Bob and Hal," in order of birth. With the simple addition of a mere "s," the reporter's meaning becomes clear:<p>Six firefighters have been injured fighting the blaze, including two Tuesdays, who suffered, respectively, back spasms and a sprained knee.


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 Post subject: Re: Thanks for clarifying
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 2:05 pm 
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I'm referring to respectively. It adds nothing but confusion. The two firefighters aren't differentiated, so respectively makes no sense. The order in which the injuries are listed doesn’t matter.


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