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Unread postby algren » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:18 pm

Tell me please which of the three structures is to be preferred in writing?

1. "I can't see what my chances of winning the big prize all my closest friends desired so much are." [This seems to be the correct one but it's barely understandable without re-reading it several times.]

2. "I can't see what are my chances of winning the big prize all my closest friends desired so much." [This seems better but is less correct grammatically.]

3. "I can't see what my chances are of winning the big prize all my closest friends desired so much." [same as (2)]
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Re: syntactic options

Unread postby RosalindaPerez » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:01 am

The third sentence is your best bet. :)

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Re: syntactic options

Unread postby Syl » Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:57 am

I don't think any of them is clear. All three examples talk about a person that "can't see...." about his/her chances of winning. The part that is not clear: his/her friends desired what? The prize or the other person's winning?

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Re: syntactic options

Unread postby Francis » Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:32 am

Your first sentence is the best of you three,but not very correct. You sentence is of a subordinate clause type, hence it's supposed to be separated by a comma somewhere.
''I can't see what my chances of winning the big price,all my friends desired so much,are.''
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Re: syntactic options

Unread postby Syl » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:21 pm

I disagree, Francis. The way you suggest isn't clear either... sorry :(

And besides, one shouldn't put the auxiliary "are" (as in your example) , in the end of the sentence.

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