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    Default last but not least.

    Hi, I have always appreciated your great help. Today, I want to finalize the English

    grammar question. Please help me again get out of this long time trouble.

    "Three nations , including England, will partake in the convention".

    So what do you think of ", including England,". Is this an added information and a

    contraction of the non-defining relative clause, "which includes" or an adverb phrase

    and a contraction of participial construction, "and three nations include England"?

    Please help me and thanks a million again for great help so far in advance,
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    Default Re: last but not least.

    I see no reason to regard a partiple clause as a contraction of anything.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: last but not least.

    Thanks all the time. Well...if both were possible, would you think the meaning of either way is fine and the same?

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    Default Re: last but not least.

    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    Sky,


    (1) Some dictionaries and some grammar books suggest that you simply

    label "including" as a preposition:

    Three nations will partake in the convention, including England.

    Three nations, including England, will partake in the convention.

    (2) And don't forget another even more elegant way:

    Three nations will partake in the convention, England included.

    Three nations, England included, will partake in the convention.

    (Many books label "included" as a "postpositive adjective." That is, an adjective that comes AFTER the noun.)

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    Default Re: last but not least.

    Thanks all the time for helping me with tricky questions and nowadays I am thinking what if I found this website earlier..

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