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I fixed it.

So I've been taking these two classes--introduction to mathematical thinking (which I've since dropped) and introduction to logic, and both have been making a big deal (justifiably) about precision in language.  So far this has caused me to awkwardly rewrite a comment on a status on facebook because I couldn't stand to leave it ambiguous, and compelled me to pull out my pen while reading the American Prospect and correct a sentence in the article "Obama and the Art of Not Getting Credit" (a good article, incidentally).

In the latter, the sentence was:  "But then there's Barack Obama, who as president has succeeded in avoiding credit for things he has accomplished and taking the blame for things his predecessor did."

I'm pretty sure what was meant was--Barack Obama has successfully avoided credit for what he has done and has also succeeded at taking the blame for things his predecessor did.

But it can also be read as--Barack Obama has successfully avoided credit for what he has done and has succeeded in avoiding taking the blame for things his predecessor did (reread the sentence).

And it would all be fixed by the addition of the word "in" before "taking".  The sentence, with no ambiguity now:  "But then there's Barack Obama, who as president has succeeded in avoiding credit for things he has accomplished and in taking the blame for things his predecessor did."

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