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    a great variety of

    It is clear from the passage that, among writers of nonfiction, there is a great variety of aim one of which is the desire to please.

    Taken from a nationwide exam in Turkey.

    Do you think there is anything wrong with this sentence? I do. A comma is needed after the word "aim" and I have doubts about the use of "one of which" to refer to a singular countable noun "aim". What do you think? Can the expression "a great variety of" be used with singular countable nouns?

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    Re: a great variety of

    Hello Diamond

    Yes, I agree with you. It's not very good at all. I would change it to:

    1. It is clear from the passage that, among writers of non-fiction, there is a great variety of aims one of which is the desire to please.

    (Or you might put a comma, semi-colon, or colon instead of the dash.)

    I'm sorry to see yet another dodgy exam question.

    All the best,

    MrP


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    Re: a great variety of

    Thank you, MrP. Thank you very much.

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