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The KISS Grammar Tom Swifties Collection

A Focus on Punctuation
Exercise # 5
Analysis Key

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

1. I won't stand {for painting [#1] }, [Inj said Tom uneasily]. |

2. What's a wide-angle lens (PN)? [Inj asked Tom obtusely]. |

3. It's the quotient (PN) {of two integers}, [Inj said Tom rationally]. |

4. I'm going to be intestate (PA), [Inj said Tom unwillingly]. |

5. I won't tell you (IO) anything (DO) {about my salivary glands}," [Inj said Tom secretively]. |

6. Who's your favorite operatic tenor (PN)? [Inj Tom asked placidly]. |

1. "Painting" can be explained as a gerund if one interprets it to name the action rather than "a" painting.