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    1. Given the circumstances, not much more could have been expected out of external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Pakistan than the generally positive atmospherics it generated.


    2. The run-up to the February elections in Pakistan, however, were markedly free of the usual anti-Indian rhetoric, which is an indication that the public mood may be changing in Pakistan.

    These sentences I took from newspaper editorial. Is the bold part is correct grammar?

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    For 1., I'd use generally positive atmosphere it generated.

    For 2., the subject is 'run-up', a singular noun, not 'elections', so the verb should be was, not were:
    The run-up to the February elections in Pakistan, however, was markedly free of the usual anti-Indian rhetoric, an indication that the public mood may be changing in Pakistan.
    Note also that the comma replaces which is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    For 1., I'd use generally positive atmosphere it generated.

    For 2., the subject is 'run-up', a singular noun, not 'elections', so the verb should be was, not were:
    The run-up to the February elections in Pakistan, however, was markedly free of the usual anti-Indian rhetoric, an indication that the public mood may be changing in Pakistan.
    Note also that the comma replaces which is.
    Thanks for such a nice explanation but i am more uncomfortable with the adverb used in the above sentence 'markedly'

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    Why do you feel uncomfortable about that adverb?

    "markedly free" - Google Search

    Ex: On every record I played, the MC-One Special's frequency response was markedly free of anomalies; there were very few peaks and valleys that were patently.

    Ex: ... 5, 8 and 9 markedly free of the diffuse black scales;

    Ex: Not only is the discourse free, but the web is markedly free of government regulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Why do you feel uncomfortable about that adverb?

    "markedly free" - Google Search

    Ex: On every record I played, the MC-One Special's frequency response was markedly free of anomalies; there were very few peaks and valleys that were patently.

    Ex: ... 5, 8 and 9 markedly free of the diffuse black scales;

    Ex: Not only is the discourse free, but the web is markedly free of government regulation.
    Thanks again

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