Syntax Contest

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This is a contest, and there is a prize.

What is the syntax error in the following sentence?

Gennifer Flowers claimed that she had a 12-year relationship with Bill Clinton in 1992.

If you know the answer, and you’re the first person to send it in a comment, I’ll post your answer and name to this blog.

Cheers,

Tara Treasurefield
Treasurefield Communications

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3 Responses to Syntax Contest

  1. Georg Muntingh says:

    I think that the writer states that within the year of 1992, Gennifer Flowers managed to fit in a 12-year relationship with Bill Clinton. The writer probably intends to say that in 1992 Gennifer Flowers claimed to have been in a relationship with Bill Clinton for the past twelve years.

  2. Ian says:

    In addition to GM’s comment, the claimed relationship may have been in the past even at the time the claim was made in 1992. In this case the pluperfect tense would be appropriate.
    “Gennifer Flowers claimed in 1992 that she had had a 12-year relationship with Bill Clinton.”

    • 123clear says:

      Hello again, Ian. Yes, your suggestion works well:

      Gennifer Flowers claimed in 1992 that she had had a 12-year relationship with Bill Clinton.

      This also works:

      In 1992, Gennifer Flowers claimed that she had had a 12-year relationship with Bill Clinton.

      Agreed?

      Cheers,
      Tara

      ps.: You wrote GM’s comment. Did you mean GF’s /em> comment?

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