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    Default The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    In joining the sentences, which of the following is the correct one?

    Ali was the suspect for whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

    Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

    Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

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    Default Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    If he was the suspect, then "The police had been looking for Ali, the suspect, for two weeks" would do it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    The first two are fine. The third is a problem. As written it doesn't make sense. To perfect it, you'd have to add an additional for.

    Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

    This might well be heard in speech, where vocal inflection could deal with it, but in writing it looks ridiculous.

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    Default Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    Thanks, Barb.

    I forgot to add that the sentences have to be joined using 'whom'. Sorry about that.

    In that case, which is the correct sentence?

    The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.
    In joining the two sentences, which of the following is the correct one?

    Ali was the suspect for whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

    Ali was the suspect whom the police had been looking for for two weeks.

    Ali was the suspect
    whom the police had been looking for two weeks.

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    Default Re: The police had been looking for the suspect for two weeks. Ali was the suspect.

    As probus said, the first two are fine. the first is fine in formal speech or writing, the second in normal speech..
    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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