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    Today I met

    Please, would you take a look at these sentences and correct my mistakes.

    1. Today I have met Tom and John. The former is short and overweight, and the latter is tall and thin.

    I am wondering if it is grammatically correct to write:The first is short and overweight, and the second is tall and thin.

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    Neither of your suggestions is natural. We'd probably say, " I met Tom and John today. Tom is short and fat and John is tall and thin.

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    Re: Today I met

    5jj
    Thank you for you answer. I am just wondering if there is any word which I can use instead of repeating "Tom and John" twice.

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    There is nothing that works perfectly. You could say "One is short and fat and the other is tall and thin", but that creates an ambiguity about which is which.

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    Re: Today I met

    Today I met John, who is short and fat, and Tom, who is tall and thin.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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