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A structure.

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A structure.

Postby pdh0224 » Tue Sep 21, 2004 1:21 am

Dear teacher,

Mr. Jiang's resignation, which surprised many party officials who expected the tenacious elder leader to cling to power for several more years, came after tensions between Mr. Jiang and Mr. Hu began to affect policy making in the one-party state, some officials and political analysts said.

Q : I think the main verb of the sentence is "began". The structure is a little odd. I believe this is better.

Mr. Jiang's resignation, which surprised many party officials who expected the tenacious elder leader to cling to power for several more years and came after tensions between Mr. Jiang and Mr. Hu , began to affect policy making in the one-party state, some officials and political analysts said.


What do you think?


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Postby Alan » Fri Sep 24, 2004 9:05 am

You're misreading the sentence! 'Came' is the main verb of the sentence, and 'began' is the main verb of the subordinate clause beginning 'after...'.
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