“The man, having eaten the poisonous mushroom, we saw him die.”
My well-learned, self-professed word nerd copy editing professor claims that this sentence is perfectly fine. My entire class proceeded to drop a resounding, “WTF,” but he insisted. I consider myself pretty savvy with the whole…
Hello! Yes, it sounds bizarre. However, if we remove the middle clause we end up with: “the man, we saw him die” which is perfectly acceptable. Now you can place the middle clause between parenthesis ( ) or commas , , or hyphens - - and it will still make sense. Hope this helps!