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In my past sentence, I felt ETS was bringing up some good

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In my past sentence, I felt ETS was bringing up some good points. They always try to catch you off guard about grammar rules. Is there any set rule about phrases having to modify certain things?

In Evensflow-Tough Nut problem.

The abolition of local times, which differ from city to city, is cool.

Here the adjective phrase refers to times. Usually, rare, because most grammar books want you to refer back to abolition.

The abolition of local times, which was seen as crazy, is not popular. Refers to abolition, right?

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Curly05 wrote:
In my past sentence, I felt ETS was bringing up some good points. They always try to catch you off guard about grammar rules. Is there any set rule about phrases having to modify certain things?

In Evensflow-Tough Nut problem.

The abolition of local times, which differ from city to city, is cool.

Here the adjective phrase refers to times. Usually, rare, because most grammar books want you to refer back to abolition.

The abolition of local times, which was seen as crazy, is not popular. Refers to abolition, right?


You need to use clues from context.

In your first example, both the concept of "The abolition of local times" and the concept "local times" can BOTH differ from city to city, hence, the sentence is ambiguous and should be rewritten.

In your second example, "local times" per se, would not likely be seen as "crazy", so the likely and largely unambiguous interpretation of the sentence would be that the entire phrase "The abolition of local times" is the referent of the relative pronoun "which".
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But, in the tough nut problem, evensflow said it local times is plural, which were differed than which is.

So it refers to times- and thus you use context.

I bet your Math Score was 49 or 47 around there, why hide it ? Your not helping me out by not telling.

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How would it help you out by telling? Do I lack credibility in your eyes? Would you listen to me more intently should I tell you that I got a 55 rather that you not knowing? Or what if I told you I got a 41?

I say what I say. By not telling you, I leave it up to you to make an unbiased opinion regarding the credibility, or lack thereof, of such.

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New post 20 Jul 2003, 22:39
Curly05 wrote:
But, in the tough nut problem, evensflow said it local times is plural, which were differed than which is.

So it refers to times- and thus you use context.

I bet your Math Score was 49 or 47 around there, why hide it ? Your not helping me out by not telling.


VT- "Your not" is as painful as watching the Anahiem power play (almost). Remember to stick to "You are not" or the construction "You're not" unless the not belongs to the person you are addressing.

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