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### Re^4: Have you netted a Perl Monk or Perl Pretender in 5 minutes or less?

 on Dec 17, 2012 at 14:15 UTC ( #1009172=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Also, I think we can all agree that more persons are in proximity to pigs than shark. Sharks are rarely anywhere near pigs. I'm sorry, I had to say something. :)

I get the joke, but I don't get the grammar rules ... OTOH Parse a sentence says

```++++Time                                          0.00 seconds (98.93
+total)
Found 8 linkages (8 with no P.P. violations)
Linkage 1, cost vector = (UNUSED=0 DIS=0 AND=0 LEN=16)

+--------------------------------Xp-------------------------------
++
|                      +--------------MVt-------------+
+|
+------Wd------+       +--------MVp--------+          |
+|
|       +-Dmcm-+--Spx--+-Pp-+--Jp--+       +-Jp-+     +--Opc-+
+|
|       |      |       |    |      |       |    |     |      |
+|
LEFT-WALL more persons.n are.v in proximity.n to pigs.n than sharks.n
+.

Constituent tree:

(S (NP more persons)
(VP are
(PP in
(NP proximity))
(PP to
(NP pigs))
(PP than
(NP sharks)))
.)

IIUC (If I Understand Correctly), it is the people (and not the sharks) whose proximity is relative

Compare to
more persons are in proximity to pigs than proximity to sharks
more persons are in proximity to pigs than are sharks

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Re^5: Have you netted a Perl Monk or Perl Pretender in 5 minutes or less?
by Your Mother (Bishop) on Dec 19, 2012 at 19:16 UTC

:P Do you have any analysis of the seven other possible parse trees the site can generate for that sentence? Frankly, it's mostly beyond me. Isn't English fun!

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