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    Question 'things which are never done before'

    Hello,

    I came across the following in this article in Forbes.

    Success is not about how much money we have in the bank but itís about how many peoplesí lives we have impacted through it. Success is experienced when we do things which are never done before.


    1. 'which are never done before' - Is this a typo or is there a case where this is a grammatically valid usage? I find it hard to believe that if this is a mistake (or a typo, for that matter), that Forbes did not catch it. Should this be 'which have not been done before'?

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    how many lives we have impacted through it' - Does 'it' refer to the money or success? I am wondering if this is really ambiguous or I am the only one having trouble understanding it. My guess is he means 'through success', but can this have two meanings?

    To modify a famous Bill Clinton quote - "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'it' is."

    Thank you

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    Default Re: 'things which are never done before'

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Hello,

    I came across the following in this article in Forbes.

    Success is not about how much money we have in the bank but itís about how many peoplesí lives we have impacted through it. Success is experienced when we do things which are never done before.


    1. 'which are never done before' - Is this a typo or is there a case where this is a grammatically valid usage? I find it hard to believe that if this is a mistake (or a typo, for that matter), that Forbes did not catch it. Should this be 'which have not been done before'?


    Thank you
    It looks wrong to me, I would write "which have never been done before".

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    Default Re: 'things which are never done before'

    "It" refers to the money.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: 'things which are never done before'

    @bhaisahab, @Barb_D, thank you

    I think I found some more mistakes in that article and am surprised that neither Forbes nor the author (who seems to be quite articulate in the audios here) has noticed/corrected these mistakes.
    Last edited by Olympian; 15-Dec-2011 at 18:30. Reason: corrected typo

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