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    Question A sentence

    "Organization involves (1) how you analyze your topic, the parts into which you divide it, and (2)..."
    Although I understand the phrase ", the parts into which you divide it,...," I don't understand the way it is joined with the first part of the sentence - it doesn't fit IMO. Could you help me?

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    Default Re: A sentence

    The person regards analysing a topic and dividing into parts as a single act.

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    Question Re: A sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The person regards analysing a topic and dividing into parts as a single act.
    Then, is he going to analyse "the parts into which you divide it"?
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    Nyggus

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    I don't think so. I would put 2 before the division, but the author seems to think that they are one- analyse and then divide = one thing.

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    Default Re: A sentence

    Thanks, tdol. I must be narrow-minded, because I still don't follow the sentence: for me it doesn't seen natural. So, as I understand, you would write
    "Organization involves (1) how you analyze your topic, (2) the parts into which you divide it, and (3)..." If so, I would probably rearrange the (2) part; for instance, it could then be "(2) division of the topic into parts, ..." As you see, I assumed that "it" refers to the topic, though, as I wrote, I still don't get this sentence. Sorry for that--you don't have easy live with me, do you?!

    Thanks a lot,
    Nyggus

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    Default Re: A sentence

    division of the topic... works fine. I assume 'it' refers to 'topic' too, though I think you could use the pronoun there.

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    Now it's clear... Don't you think the sentence "(1) how you analyze your topic, the parts into which you divide it,..." lacks conjuction after the comma?

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    Default Re: A sentence

    The wording is a bit clumsy; I would be tempted to use gerunds instead of the how structure.

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