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Is the sentence:

He is, or at the very least, is among, the tallest in our school.

grammatically correct? Note that (I believe) that this parallelly states that "either he is the tallest [person] in our school or he is among the tallest [people] in our school." However, the parallelism doesn't work all the way, as in the first part, "tallest" implies "tallest person" while in the second part, the same word is used to imply or mean "tallest people". My question is, is this alright?

  • Logically it works. There is repetition in the explanation: "that (I believe) that this..." – Yosef Baskin May 29 '17 at 11:20
  • You're right that it is a zeugma. It's not unclear though, and probably wouldn't be found too jarring in conversation by 90+% of native speakers. – Edwin Ashworth May 29 '17 at 14:18
  • I'm sure I have used such language in conversation, and I'm even sure most people wouldn't even notice, as I hadn't, until now. But my annoying inner grammar purist wants to know. – Scripter1000 May 29 '17 at 14:44

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