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    Default Appropriate preposition

    Are these sentences correct?


    1. He topped the list of successful candidates in ( or at/of /for) the civil service exam.


    2. If he were born in the USA, he would be world famous.

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by sane View Post
    Are these sentences correct?


    1. He topped the list of successful candidates in ( or at/of /for) the civil service exam.


    2. If he were born in the USA, he would be world famous.
    Yes, they are.

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    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    2. If he were born in the USA, he would be world famous.
    I would use If he had been born in the USA...

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    So would I, "were" doesn't work for me at all.

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    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    So would I, "were" doesn't work for me at all.
    What do you mean "were" doesn''t workfor you?

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would use If he had been born in the USA...
    So would I, but I'm still reluctant to call the original wrong.

    How about, "If it were made of silver, it would be tarnished by now"?
    Here 'made (of silver)' is adjectival, as is 'born (in the US)'.
    "If he were US-born, he would be famous by now."
    No?

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    I'd say "If it were made of silver.." is present tense. Present tense with "born" doesn't sound right to me.

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    Default Re: Appropriate preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    So would I, but I'm still reluctant to call the original wrong.

    How about, "If it were made of silver, it would be tarnished by now"?
    Here 'made (of silver)' is adjectival, as is 'born (in the US)'.
    "If he were US-born, he would be famous by now."
    No?
    If he were US-born works for me, but the original doesn't seem adjectival to me.

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