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    In the previous question/to the previous question - simple grammar check

    Ex1. I have already answered the question in the previous question.

    Ex2. I have already said the answer in the previous question.

    Ex3. I already covered this question in the previous question.

    Ex4. I have already answered the question in a previous question.

    Ex5. I have already said the answer in a previous question.

    Ex6. I have already said the answer in an answer to a previous question.

    Ex7. I have already said the answer in the answer to a previous question.

    Ex8. I have already said the answer in the answer to the previous question.

    Ex9. I have already said the answer in answer to a/the previous question.

    Ex10. I have already answered this question in my answer to a/the previous question.

    Q. Are all of the above grammatically correct? (The accurateness for this is crucial as I may be using them in a presentation/oral exam.).


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    Re: In the previous question/to the previous question - simple grammar check

    NOT A TEACHER

    I think that the reason why nobody has responded to this thread is becasue it's a little bit overwhelming to see so many sentences. Let's take the first one.

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Ex1. I have already answered the question in the previous question.
    No, I don't think that this correct. Are you trying to say that the person has already answered this question when he responded to a previous question? If so, I would say, 'I have already answered the question when I responded to a previous question'. There are other options.

    Let's see if there are other opinions.

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    Re: In the previous question/to the previous question - simple grammar check

    The repetition of the word "question" each time makes them sound very clunky to my ears. I would prefer something like "My previous response has already answered that question" or "That question was dealt with in my last response".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post

    Ex2. I have already said the answer in the previous question.
    This doesn't sound good to my ears. If you answer a question, you're already "saying the answer", so you don't have to use the verb "say".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I think that the reason why nobody has responded to this thread is because it's a little bit overwhelming to see so many sentences.


    That's why I did not respond.

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    @Chicken Sandwich:

    You mentioned that it's incorrect to say "I have answered... in the previous question."

    I am getting a conflicing view on this matter. I also asked on another site since I was not getting any response on my previous thread. In the previous question/to the previous question - simple grammar check?

    While the main point of your post does make sense and I thank you for it, I am not so sure if it's incorrect. But it does make me wonder if it's correct to keep such a structure because I am not comfortable with that sentence either (precisely the reason why I asked).
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    Ways to state that you have already answered

    Ex1. I have already answered the question when responding to a previous question.

    Ex2. I have already answered this (the question) in a previous question.

    Ex3. I have already answered the question when I responded to a previous question.

    Are all of the above grammatically and academically (formal presentation) acceptable?


    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by vcolts; 14-Aug-2012 at 07:05.

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    I moved your last post to this thread. Starting a new thread could lead to confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    @Chicken Sandwich:
    I am getting a conflicing view on this matter. I also asked on another site since I was not getting any response on my previous thread. In the previous question/to the previous question - simple grammar check?

    While the main point of your post does make sense and I thank you for it, I am not so sure if it's incorrect. But it does make me wonder if it's correct to keep such a structure because I am not comfortable with that sentence either (precisely the reason why I asked).
    OK, fair enough, I shouldn't have said that they were incorrect, in fact that's not really what I meant. The first two just sounded awkward to me, as the posters in that other forum also have indicated. Emsr2d2's alternatives to the first sentence sound much better to me.

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    Re: Ways to state that you have already answered

    Quote Originally Posted by vcolts View Post
    Ex1. I have already answered the question when responding to a previous question.

    I would prefer 'in my response to' rather than 'when responding to', as the latter seems to me imply that you had said 'Here's the answer to the next question'; perhaps you could just switch the prepositions. I don't mind the repetition. To competent speakers you could say '...in my response to the previous one.' But I think a bit of repetition is appropriate for most students. In class instructions clarity is more important than elegance.


    Ex2. I have already answered this (the question) in a previous question.
    This would be OK if true . Sometimes it is the wording of a question that provides the answr to a later one. But I don't think the parenthesis is necessary.
    Ex3. I have already answered the question when I responded to a previous question.
    This is as acceptable as Ex 1. I would still prefer 'in my response'.

    Are all of the above grammatically and academically (formal presentation) acceptable?


    Thanks in advance
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