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    Question Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    "These refugees had known degradation, for every conceivable injury had been inflicted on them."

    Is anything wrong with this sentence in your opinion?

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    Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "These refugees had known degradation, with every conceivable injury that had been inflicted on them."

    Is anything wrong with this sentence in your opinion?

    Nyggus
    or:

    "These refugees had known degradation with every conceivable injury inflicted on them."

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    Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    or:

    "These refugees had known degradation with every conceivable injury inflicted on them."
    Thanks. Would you say that the original sentence was incorrect?

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    Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    "These refugees had known degradation, for every conceivable injury had been inflicted on them."

    Nope, the sentence is correct. I hastily read it my own way (which is the sentences provided). If "for" means "because", than there's nothing wrong with the sentence.

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    Question Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    "These refugees had known degradation, for every conceivable injury had been inflicted on them."

    Nope, the sentence is correct. I hastily read it my own way (which is the sentences provided). If "for" means "because", than there's nothing wrong with the sentence.
    Yes, I agree with you, for me this sentence looks quite fine. But the author of the book I took the sentence from suggests it's "confusing because the subject of the first verb is not the subject of the second, even though the switch in subject seems to serve little purpose." Well, though I do understand the point, this sentence seems clear to me. But I always remember that what seems clear to me doesn't have to be correct.

    Should we by convention avoid such sentences, in which there are two verbs, each referring to another subject?

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    Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    I see nothing wrong in the sentence, which reads well and makes sense.

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    Re: Is anything wrong with this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I see nothing wrong in the sentence, which reads well and makes sense.
    Thanks. I am happy to hear this, seeing nothing wrong in it too...

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