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    is this sentence correct?

    Hello everyone,
    I wrote this sentence in my essay that is going to be submitted tomorrow and is so important to me, but I am not sure whether it is correct grammaticality and in terms of word usage. Do you think I can use this sentence in this form? If not, could you please give me an alternative?

    "In their attempt to make sense of the current state of affairs in this country, Brown and Davis (1999) suggest that ......"

    Thank you very much,

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    Re: is this sentence correct?

    The current state of affairs is not what the authors could have been writing about in 1999, so you need to qualify it with something like "then-current" meaning it was current at the time of their writing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The current state of affairs is not what the authors could have been writing about in 1999, so you need to qualify it with something like "then-current" meaning it was current at the time of their writing.
    Thank you very much indeed. I was also worried about "current state of affairs", as it is not widely used at least on the internet. I assume that you have not found any other mistake in the sentence, and that is good.

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    Re: is this sentence correct?

    I assume that the context makes "this country" a clear reference? Otherwise it seems fine.

    I'm not up-to-date on academic writing - should it be that they wrote, instead of write? Or do you always keep that in the present tense?

    You may want to wait from input from someone more familiar with academic writing.

    (In terms of fluency, I would assume a native speaker wrote it.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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