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    Can I change sentences like this?

    Hi, can I say this:
    After they have several discussions, the councils' biggest concern was not knowing where to begin.
    = After having several discussions, the councils' biggest concern was not knowing where to begin.
    = After having several discussions, not knowing where to begin was the councils' biggest concern.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Can I change sentences like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi, can I say this:
    After they have several discussions, the councils' biggest concern was not knowing where to begin.
    = After having several discussions, the councils' biggest concern was not knowing where to begin.
    = After having several discussions, not knowing where to begin was the councils' biggest concern.

    Many thanks.
    The original sentence is wrong.

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    Re: Can I change sentences like this?

    Hi,

    Then...what original sentence should be for "After having several discussions, not knowing where to begin was the councils' biggest concer"?

    Many thanks

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    #4

    Re: Can I change sentences like this?

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    Then...what original sentence should be for "After having several discussions, not knowing where to begin was the councils' biggest concer"?

    Many thanks
    The original sentence could be: "After they had several discussions, the councils' (council's in AmE) biggest concern...".
    Some would use: "After they had had several discussions, the councils' (council's in AmE) biggest concern...".

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