By Holland Cooke
- Here’s what listeners heard – read this aloud: “The woman’s husband arrested the wounded man taken to the hospital.”
- Here are the facts the writer obscured: Police arrested the woman’s husband, the accused shooter. The person he shot was hospitalized.
- As-is, the ear was told something different when half-sentences ran-together. It sounded like the woman’s husband was a cop, who arrested someone who had been shot.
Verbs are our friends.