Post by Lazypierrot
I would like to know the meaning of the phrase "which wolves do not" in the following sentence. I wonder if the relative clause means a)"wolves do not have the small muscle", or b)" wolves do not raise their inner eyebrow."
Dogs have a small muscle, which allows them to raise their inner eyebrow, which wolves do not.
I'd say that grammatically it could support either reading, but (a) is
the only likely one. If (b) was intended, the relative clause would seem
to be saying that wolves *could* raise their inner eyebrows, but choose
not to. But how could they raise it except by having this small muscle?
And starting by saying "Dogs have a small muscle..." and then comparing
them with wolves strongly suggests that this is a way dogs and wolves
differ. If it were the case that both species have this muscle but only
dogs actually use it (or maybe wolves use it for something else), the
sentence would have to be quite differently phrased to make this clear.