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The KISS Grammar Tom Swifties Collection
A Focus on Punctuation
Exercise # 4
Analysis Key

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

1. I've joined the navy (DO), [Inj Tom said fleetingly]. |

2. We'll need a higher price (DO) {at auction}, [Inj Tom said morbidly]. |

3. I can't do it (DO)! [Inj Tom said notably]. |

4. I have writer's block (DO), [Inj said Tom contritely]. |

5. It's just gold leaf (PN), [Inj said Tom guiltily]. |