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    Default Is phrase/clause correctly phrased?

    “I do not believe they are going to stay put. If they do not react and change, and like how Prime Minister Najib has said, they’re in for problems,” said Mr Lee.

    Is the part in bold print correctly phrased? I believe that it is not correct. Could some member confirm whether I'm correct? If it is incorrect, could you reword the phrase (or is it a clause?) for me?

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    “I do not believe they are going to stay put. If they do not react and change, and like how Prime Minister Najib has said, they’re in for problems,” said Mr Lee.

    Is the part in bold print correctly phrased? I believe that it is not correct. Could some member confirm whether I'm correct? If it is incorrect, could you reword the phrase (or is it a clause?) for me?

    Many thanks.
    like Prime Minister Najib said would be good.

    like
    conj. (informal)
    in the same way as: No one sings the blues like she did. It didn’t turn out like I intended. Like I said (= as I said before), you’re always welcome to stay.

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    If they do not react and change, and like how Prime Minister Najib has said, they’re in for problems,” said Mr Lee.

    Not okay.
    If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.
    'like' is informal, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    If they do not react and change, and like how Prime Minister Najib has said, they’re in for problems,” said Mr Lee.

    Not okay.
    If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.
    'like' is informal, IMO.
    I agree.

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    Default Re: Is phrase/clause correctly phrased?

    If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.

    Can I say: "As PM Najib has said, they will be in for problems if they do not react and change"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.

    Can I say: "As PM Najib has said, they will be in for problems if they do not react and change"?
    Yes, you can.

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    - If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.
    - As PM Najib has said, they will be in for problems if they do not react and change.


    Should and be "or"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - If they do not react and change, they will be in for problems, as PM Najib has said.
    - As PM Najib has said, they will be in for problems if they do not react and change.


    Should and be "or"?
    It could be changed to 'or' but it would change the meaning of the sentences.

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    Default Re: Is phrase/clause correctly phrased?

    bhaisahab,

    If they do not react and change ...
    Does this mean "If they don't react, but if they chage ..."?

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    Default Re: Is phrase/clause correctly phrased?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    bhaisahab,

    If they do not react and change ...
    Does this mean "If they don't react, but if they chage ..."?
    No, it means if they don't do both, "react and change".

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