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Grammar help with setence clauses [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 08:08
Can somebody please kindly help me understand the finer nuances of the two sentences below?

"In order to sign the contract, the president asked his workers to complete the paper works."

vs.

"The president asked his workers to complete the paper works so that he can sign the contract."

It is very clear that the agent of the verbs "sign" and "asked" is the president. However, IMO by placing "In order to sign the contract" in front, more emphasis is placed on the president asking. I think the second sentence's placement of "so that he can sign the contract" is suggesting a reason why the president's workers need to complete the paper works.

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Using the same logic to derive the understanding above, how would you interpret the sentences below?

"After falling over two quarters, the sales figure rose for last three months"

vs.

"The sales figure rose for last three months after falling over two quarters"

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Re: Grammar help with setence clauses [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2012, 08:38
IMO in the sentence
"After falling over two quarters, the sales figure rose for last three months"
here, "After falling over two quarters" clearly modifies "the sales figure" which makes proper sense.

While in "The sales figure rose for last three months after falling over two quarters"
"after falling over two quarters" does not correctly modify "The sales figure".
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Re: Grammar help with setence clauses [#permalink] New post 09 May 2012, 20:42
"The president asked his workers to complete the paper works so that he can sign the contract."

This option could be wrong as the tenses "asked" and "can" are not parallel. The right answer would depend on the other choices.
I also feel that this option is wordy.

"In order to sign the contract, the president asked his workers to complete the paper works."
This is a shorter and more concise sentence according to me. The focus DOES NOT shift away from "President" here, because "In order to" is a prepositional phrase.
Re: Grammar help with setence clauses   [#permalink] 09 May 2012, 20:42
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