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Which one of the following is best?:

  1. Notice how on the surface he looks like he hasn't stolen anything.
  2. Notice how, on the surface, he looks like he hasn't stolen anything.
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The 2nd is better because, arguably, the 1st could be parsed as "Notice how[,] on the surface [that] he looks like[,] he hasn't stolen anything.

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  • Very arguably. There are probably examples where this would be something to consider. Nov 7 '17 at 19:42
  • It's because 'like' can be either a preposition or a conjunction (combined with a copular verb 'look').
    – amI
    Nov 7 '17 at 20:07

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