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    John's relatively indirect statement is a step forward compared to his stronger language in the past.

    does it need a "comma" between "forward" and "compared" ?

    is it correct if i rewrite the sentence to "John's relatively indirect statement,which is compared to his stronger language in the past,is a step forward.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    John's relatively indirect statement is a step forward compared to his stronger language in the past.

    does it need a "comma" between "forward" and "compared" ?

    is it correct if i rewrite the sentence to "John's relatively indirect statement,which is compared to his stronger language in the past,is a step forward.

    thanks
    I would place a comma between "forward" and "compared".

    Your revision is not correct. It would work, if you replace "which is" with "when".

    :wink:

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    so the sentence means.....

    John's relatively indirect statement is a step forward,when the statement is compared to his stronger language in the past.

    i want to make sure it's "john" or " the statement" is compared to....

    thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    John's relatively indirect statement is a step forward compared to his stronger language in the past.

    does it need a "comma" between "forward" and "compared" ?

    is it correct if i rewrite the sentence to "John's relatively indirect statement,which is compared to his stronger language in the past,is a step forward.

    thanks
    I would place a comma between "forward" and "compared".

    Your revision is not correct. It would work, if you replace "which is" with "when".

    :wink:

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    I'd say it's a bit of both; it's his language use, and the statement is the text that the comparison possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    so the sentence means.....

    John's relatively indirect statement is a step forward,when the statement is compared to his stronger language in the past.

    i want to make sure it's "john" or " the statement" is compared to....

    thanks
    Yes, your sense is correct. John's (current) statement is being compared to his past use of language. :wink:

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