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    Default Does "the famously stiff leader" refer to "Hu Jintao"?

    If so, the sentence below is a run-on and should be edited.

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    Xi Jinping is regarded as more self-confident and gregarious than President Hu Jintao, the famously stiff leader he is on track to succeed next year in a highly choreographed transition that includes, as a major step, this week’s visit.

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    Default Re: Does "the famously stiff leader" refer to "Hu Jintao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    If so, the sentence below is a run-on and should be edited. No.

    Xi Jinping is regarded as more self-confident and gregarious than President Hu Jintao, the famously stiff leader (whom) he (Xi Jinping) is on track to succeed next year in a highly choreographed transition that includes, as a major step, this week’s visit.
    The famously stiff leader is Hu Jintao. We have a rather long defining relative clause that contains within itself a second defining relative clausse (which itself contains words within commas), but the sentence is grammatically sound.

    Xi Jinping is regarded as more self-confident and gregarious thanPresident Hu Jintao, (the famously stiff leader (whom) he (Xi Jinping) is on track to succeed next year in a highly choreographed transition that includes, as a major step, this week’s visit).
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Feb-2012 at 16:14. Reason: typo
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    Default Re: Does "the famously stiff leader" refer to "Hu Jintao"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The famously stiff leader is Hu Jintao. We have a rather long defining relative clause that contains within itself a second defining relative clausse (which itself contains words within commas), but the sentence is grammatically sound.

    Xi Jinping is regarded as more self-confident and gregarious thanPresident Hu Jintao, (the famously stiff leader (whom) he (Xi Jinping) is on track to succeed next year in a highly choreographed transition that includes, as a major step, this week’s visit).
    Good stuff.
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