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    #1

    Help me, please.

    Hello there,
    Would you tell me whether the following sentences are correct, please? Thank you.
    There is a book. two notebooks, and three pencils on the desk.
    There are a book and a notebook on the desk.
    I admire the talent of the man which amazes a lot of people.
    I admire the talent, which amazes a lot of people, of the man .
    I admire the talent of the man who performs regularly on Wednesday's TV show.

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    #2

    Re: Help me, please.

    Quote Originally Posted by lisa666 View Post
    Hello there,
    Would you tell me whether the following sentences are correct, please? Thank you.
    There is a book. two notebooks, and three pencils on the desk.
    There are a book and a notebook on the desk.
    I admire the talent of the man which amazes a lot of people.
    I admire the talent, which amazes a lot of people, of the man .
    I admire the talent of the man who performs regularly on Wednesday's TV show.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****
    ************************


    Lisa,


    Congratulations! I believe that Nos. 1, 2, and 5 are perfect.

    (Yes, the "rules" call for "are" in No. 1, but many (most?) native

    speakers use "is" because the first noun is singular. So "is" just

    sounds better!!!)

    *****

    I am afraid that Nos. 3 & 4 need a little help.

    When I read them, I get this idea:

    I admire the man's talent.

    People are amazed that I admire his talent.

    I do not think that is the idea that you wish to express.

    *****

    I think that you wish to express this idea:

    I admire the man's talent.

    The man's talent amazes a lot of people.

    Well, I think that it would be "good" English to combine those two sentences like this:

    I admire the man's talent that amazes a lot of people.

    Personally, I would prefer to express this idea like this:

    I admire the man's talent that so many people find amazing.


    Let's see what others say.

    THANK YOU

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    #3

    Re: Help me, please.

    There is a book, two notebooks, and three pencils on the desk.

    I admire the talent of the man, which amazes a lot of people.
    .
    I admire the talent of the man who performs regularly on Wednesday's TV show.

    The above three are correct with punctuation.
    In the second sentence do you mean that people are amazed that you admire the talent of the man, or, that his talent amazes a lot of people? Further amendments may be necessary depending upon your intention.

    The others are wrong.
    (There are a book and a notebook on the desk.
    I admire the talent, which amazes a lot of people, of the man)

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