I was just running a few sample lines through my head, and one stuck in my craw. I'm wondering what you guys think. Let's say that I want to describe someone eating some french fries (chips, I guess you British chaps would say). So maybe I write: "Greg licked the salt and grease from his fingers, wiped them on his pants, and touched an icon on his tablet." Technically, "them" in that sentence refers to "salt and grease", but I want it to refer to "his fingers". When I read it, I know what it means, but it's still wrong. I can make it clearer by breaking the sentence up (although, since it's all pretty much one action, I like it better as one sentence). "Greg licked the salt and grease from his fingers. He wiped his fingers on his pants, then touched an icon on his tablet." This sounds super-chunky to me, mostly because I say "his fingers" twice in six words. I still have the problem of the first "his fingers" being in a prepositional phrase, so it's still not referred to by a "them" later on. I suppose I could make the salt and grease adjectives instead of nouns: "Greg licked his salty, greasy fingers, wiped them on his pants, and touched an icon on his tablet." but this doesn't have the exact same meaning to me. I could make him taste the salt and grease: "Greg licked his fingers, tasting the salt and the grease. He wiped them on his pants, then touched an icon on his tablet." but now I have two different objects being acted on by one subject with two different verbs, which further muddles what "them" points to. How would you make this (or a similar) sentence non-ambiguous and still read smoothly?