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    Default Children are expected to be able to swim 200 meters - of which at least 50 meters...

    "Children are expected to be able to swim 200 meters - of which at least 50 meters on their back- after first diving

    into the deep end"



    I think the red phrase is not grammatical and should be changed into 'at least 50 meters of which on their back'.

    Am I right? - or the hyphens are doing something in that sentence?

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    Default Re: Children are expected to be able to swim 200 meters - of which at least 50 meters

    "Children are expected to be able to swim 200 meters - of which at least 50 meters are on their back - after first diving into the deep end"

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    Default Re: Children are expected to be able to swim 200 meters - of which at least 50 meters

    The hyphens only draw attention to the odd phrase. Your re-write is much better. You could also correct by inserting an "are." "...at least 50 meters are on..."

    Perhaps best is to simply say " - at least 50 meters on their backs - "

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