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    Which is correct?

    Hi
    Which is correct?

    Please help to explain why.

    1) Alan is going to buy the notebook in the market which has been aggressively advertised.
    2) Alan is going to buy the notebook which has been aggressively advertised in the market.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    They are both correct.

    In #1, it's the market that has been aggressively advertised.

    In #2, it's the notebook that has been aggressively advertised in the market.

    I expect you mean

    'Alan is going to the market to buy the notebook that has been aggressively advertised.'

    . . .or maybe you don't.

    Rover

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Hi

    Thank you for your reply.

    Youíve certainly put it in a more elegant way.

    What Iíve in mind when I crafted those sentences, please bear with me as they may look silly.

    1) Alan is going to buy the notebook in the market which has been aggressively advertised.

    --- note book in the market acts a single phrase, in the market describes the notebook.

    --- which has been aggressively advertised acts as a relative clause to further modify the notebook in the market.

    2) Alan is going to buy the notebook which has been aggressively advertised in the market.

    --- shifted the prepositional phrase in the market to end of sentence as I thought it would not make any difference in meaning between (1) and (2)

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I expect you mean

    'Alan is going to the market to buy the notebook that has been aggressively advertised.'

    . . .or maybe you don't.

    Rover
    Hi

    Thank you for your reply.

    The in the market in the sentence does not refer to a physical store.

    I am trying to express in the market as something to represent the consumer or retail market at large.

    For example, different brands of notebook available in the retail market and one of them is being aggressively advertised.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by blissful View Post
    1) Alan is going to buy the notebook in the market which has been aggressively advertised.
    --- note book in the market acts a single phrase, in the market describes the notebook.
    --- which has been aggressively advertised acts as a relative clause to further modify the notebook in the market.
    Relative pronouns generally refer back to the noun closest to them. 'Notebook in the market' will not be taken as a single phrase. In any case, it is the notebook that has been aggressively advertised in the market, not the notebook in the the market.

    2) Alan is going to buy the notebook which has been aggressively advertised in the market.

    --- shifted the prepositional phrase in the market to end of sentence as I thought it would not make any difference in meaning between (1) and (2)
    It does. It makes #2 say what you are trying to say.
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    Re: Which is correct?

    The in the market in the sentence does not refer to a physical store.

    I am trying to express in the market as something to represent the consumer or retail market at large.

    Right.

    'On the market' (not 'in') means 'on general sale at various retail outlets'.

    The notebook is being advertised in newspapers and magazines and on TV and radio.

    So you need to say

    'Alan is going to buy the notebook that has been aggressively advertised and is now on the market.'

    Rover

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