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    correct use of this sentence

    Dear professor,
    I would like to ask you if the following sentence is correct and if it doesn't cantain heavy repititions concerning the use of "seasonal patterns":

    It can be inferred from these figures that we have the same seasonal patterns for the second and third quarters and the same seasonal patterns for the first and last quarters.


    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: correct use of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by george216 View Post
    Dear professor,
    I would like to ask you if the following sentence is correct and if it doesn't contain heavy repetitions concerning the use of "seasonal patterns":

    It can be inferred from these figures that we have the same seasonal patterns for the second and third quarters and the same seasonal patterns for the first and last quarters.


    Many thanks in advance.
    Welcome to the forums.
    You could rewrite it as: "It can be inferred from these figures that we have the same seasonal patterns for the second and third quarters as well as for the first and last quarters."

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    Re: correct use of this sentence

    But I find it ambiguous. Do you mean that the 2nd and 3rd are the same, and the 1st and 4th are the same? Or the 2nd has a patter that is like the 1st, while the 3rd has a pattern that is like the 4th?

    I'm not sure which quarters have a unique pattern and which are similar to which.
    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: correct use of this sentence

    I mean the first and last quarters have the same seasonal patterns nevertheless the second and third quarters have similar seasonal patterns.
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    Re: correct use of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by george216 View Post
    Dear professor,
    I would like to ask you if the following sentence is correct and if it doesn't cantain heavy repititions concerning the use of "seasonal patterns":

    It can be inferred from these figures that we have the same seasonal patterns for the second and third quarters and the same seasonal patterns for the first and last quarters.


    Many thanks in advance.
    It can be inferred from these figures that the second and third quarters exhibit the same seasonal pattern. Similarly, the first and last quarters' patterns are also identical to each other.

    Hmm. I'm a native English speaker and this one is tricky for me!

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