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    Dear Friends,

    If you are referring to the theories of the 1980s and 90s and you also have only one theory from 2000, what do you say:

    "My paper is a criticism of the theories of the 1980s and 90s and of one theory from 2000."

    I find this solution a bit awkward.

    Or:

    "My paper is a criticism of the theories of mostly the 1980s and 90s." ('mostly' indicating here that there may be theories from the 21st century) - perhaps it is even more awkward than the first sentence, anyway

    Any better suggestions?

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    If you are referring to the theories of the 1980s and 90s and you also have only one theory from 2000, what do you say:

    "My paper is a criticism of the theories of the 1980s and 90s and of one theory from 2000."

    I find this solution a bit awkward.

    Or:

    "My paper is a criticism of the theories of mostly the 1980s and 90s." ('mostly' indicating here that there may be theories from the 21st century) - perhaps it is even more awkward than the first sentence, anyway

    Any better suggestions?

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi
    You could say 'the theories of the end of the twentieth century'. (There was lots of fuss about 'the end of the millennium' - often spelt with only one N - on 31 December 1999, but the millennium ended on 31 December 2000 [which was also the end of the 20th century]).

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    Are you covering ALL the theories for the 80s and 90s?

    If not, redrafting is easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    If you are referring to the theories of the 1980s and 90s and you also have only one theory from 2000, what do you say:

    "My paper is a criticism of the theories of the 1980s and 90s and of one theory from 2000."


    Palinkasocsi
    My paper is a criticism of the theories of the 1980s and 90s and of the (one) theory from 2000.

    "of one theory from 2000" strongly suggests that there are other theories from 2000, but you are only criticizing one of them.

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