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The KISS Grammar Tom Swifties Collection

A Focus on Punctuation
Exercise # 3
Analysis Key

     Note that, by their very nature, "Tom Swifties" involve the alternative explanations of clauses as direct objects, or interjections

1. I've borrowed my sister's camping gear (DO), [Inj said Tom insistently]. |

2. I didn't do well {in the test}, [Inj Tom said degradedly]. |

3. I wouldn't like anything (DO) {but just that} [#1] , [Inj said Tom wantonly]. |

4. He's a boring chap (PN), [Inj said Tom indulgently]. |

5. I'd better repeat that SOS message (DO)," [Inj said Tom remorsefully]. |

1. "But," meaning "except," here functions as a preposition. Grammarians could probably spend hours discussing whether "just" here functions as an adjective or as an adverb.