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    comparisons with no repetitions

    Hi, I'd like to know if the following sentence is correct:

    1) In Elizabethan theatres there weren't curtains or scenary , while in modern ones THERE ARE.

    Can I say THERE ARE at the end without repeating curtains or scenery?
    Are there any other mistakes?

    I have quite the same problem with this sentence:

    2) Modern theatres are covered, instead Elizabethan ones were not.

    Can I just say were not withouth repeating covered? Is the use of the comma before instead correct?

    Can I say :

    3) Elizabethan theatres were small, circular or octagonal, while nowadays they are of different size and form.

    Can I use the pronoun or should I say theatres?
    Is it correct to say "nowadays theatres are of different size and form"? Could I say

    4) Nowadays there are theatres of different size and form?

    Should I put size and form in the plural forms?

    Thank you.
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    Re: comparisons with no repetitions

    #1 is fine, Rip. You needn't repeat.

    #2 is fine re repetition, but the comma produces a comma-splice sentence. Insert a conjunction, or change the comma to a semicolon (and add a comma after 'instead').

    #3 & 4 -- You needn't repeat 'theatres'. Both the singulars and plurals of 'size' and 'form' work, as they can be considered either countables or concepts. In #3, you need to repunctuate 'small, circular or octagonal' to avoid its reading as three different choices: 'small, and circular or octagonal'.

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    Re: comparisons with no repetitions

    Hi, I'm not sure I understand what you mean, when you say

    2 is fine re repetition,


    Do you mean it is to repeat the word cover, or you mean it is fine without repetition? Thanks Rip.

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    Re: comparisons with no repetitions

    It is fine without repeating 'theatre' or 'covered'.

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