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    Buyers are urged to buy a flat now for the fear of having to compete with the 5000 applicants after the policy taken effect.

    Q1. Is it grammatically right for the two underlined phrases? Should I change it to "flats" and the "implementation of the policy"
    Q2. Can past participle phrases be considered as noun phrases? In other words, think "the policy taken effect"
    as a noun phrase grammatically in the sentence.

    Thanks so much

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    Default Re: taken effect?

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Buyers are urged to buy a flat now for the fear of having to compete with the 5000 applicants after the policy taken effect.

    Q1. Is it grammatically right for the two underlined phrases? Should I change it to "flats" and the "implementation of the policy"
    Q2. Can past participle phrases be considered as noun phrases? In other words, think "the policy taken effect"
    as a noun phrase grammatically in the sentence.

    Thanks so much
    "...the policy taken effect" This is incorrect.

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    Default Re: taken effect?

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Q1. Is it grammatically right for the two underlined phrases? Should I change it to "flats"
    Flat is fine, but flats works too.

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    and the "implementation of the policy"
    I wouldn't.


    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Q2. Can past participle phrases be considered as noun phrases? In other words, think "the policy taken effect"
    as a noun phrase grammatically in the sentence.
    It should be has taken/takes.

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    Default Re: taken effect?

    For me "Buyers are urged to buy flats" suggests that each buyer is encouraged to buy more than one flat. That is quite unlikely. Each buyer is probably being urged to buy (at least) one flat.

    "For the fear" is incorrect. "For fear" would be better but still not really an appropriate phrase.

    "After the policy takes effect" is how the sentence should end.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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