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Odd agreement of a tense

Postby pdh0224 » Sun Sep 05, 2004 2:15 am

Dear teacher,

The festival continues in 15 venues around the city, lasting through Sept. 14, and the Y's celebrations will stretch throughout its entire 2004-5 season.
As a wide variety of events will convey, the story of American Jews became a tale of the passage from the periphery to the center, from immigrant yearning to mainstream achievement.


Q : I think

As a wide variety of events conveyed, the story of American Jews became a tale of the passage from the periphery to the center, from immigrant yearning to mainstream achievement.

OR

As a wide variety of events will convey, the story of American Jews will become a tale of the passage from the periphery to the center, from immigrant yearning to mainstream achievement.

is correct sentence. What do you think?


All the best, :)
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Re: Odd agreement of a tense

Postby Josef » Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:30 pm

pdh0224 wrote:As a wide variety of events will convey, the story of American Jews became a tale of the passage from the periphery to the center, from immigrant yearning to mainstream achievement. :r:


I feel that the original sentence is correct, if long-winded.

The events are in the future. The story that the events will convey is in the past.

Your other two sentences are not really possible.
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Postby pdh0224 » Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:19 pm

Do you mean "as" functions as "a relative noun"?

As a wide variety of events will convey, the story of American Jews....

=> the story of American Jews, as a wide variety of events will convey,.....

=> the story of American Jews, which a wide variety of events will convey,.....


What do you think?
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Postby Alan » Thu Sep 16, 2004 4:22 am

'As' is a sentential relative pronoun (antecedent: main clause "the story...achievement"), a topic recently discussed in this forum at some length.

As Josef says, the original sentence is correct as written.
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