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    #1

    a better option

    1)"Insofar as there is a dominant belief in our society today, it is a belief in the magic of the market place."

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    2)"Insofar as there has been a dominant belief in our society today, it is the belief in magic of the market place."

    3)"Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet, wrote the words to this song."

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    4)"Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet, wrote the lyrics to this song."

    5)"He hadn't answered the one letter she had written to him."

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    6)"He didn't answer the only letter she had written to him."
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    Re: a better option

    Insofar as there is a dominant belief in our society today, it is a belief in the magic of the market place.

    Taras Shevchenko, a Ukrainian poet, wrote the lyrics to this song.
    But words is acceptable.

    He didn't answer the only letter she had written to him.

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    Re: a better option

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    He didn't answer the only letter she had written to him.
    Unless, or course, the intended meaning is that of the first sentence, in which case, the first choice would be more appropriate.

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    #4

    Re: a better option

    But which is the better option? There was no question about intention.

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    Re: a better option

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    But which is the better option? There was no question about intention.
    What about 2)? Is it acceptable?

    Can I say "it's the belief in the magic of the market" because I mentioned it for the second time? Can I say "in magic of the...."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What about 2)? Is it acceptable?

    Can I say "it's the belief in the magic of the market" because I mentioned it for the second time? Can I say "in magic of the...."?
    No, you can't say "in magic of..." You need to say "in the magic..."

    Also, #2 fails because you can't say something "has been" and then "is."

    If it's a "has been" then it "was the belief..." And you can't put "today" in the sentence if it's about the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    No, you can't say "in magic of..." You need to say "in the magic..."

    Also, #2 fails because you can't say something "has been" and then "is."

    If it's a "has been" then it "was the belief..." And you can't put "today" in the sentence if it's about the past.
    If I left "today" out and slightly changed the meaning, would it work this way?

    "Insofar as there has been a dominant belief in our society for the last 20 years, it is the belief in the magic of the market place."

    Wouldn't it mean now that "it started in the past" and "has continued up to a moment in the present" and not finished yet?
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    Re: a better option

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I left "today" out slightly changed the meaning, would it work this way?

    "Insofar as there has been a dominant belief in our society for the last 20 years, it is the belief in the magic of the market place."

    Wouldn't it mean now that "it started in the past" and "has continued up to a moment in the present" and not finished yet?
    Yes. That's OK.

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    Re: a better option

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    But which is the better option? There was no question about intention.
    That was my point. You have two sentences meaning different things. Without context, there's no best option.
    Which is the best option: "I am running up the stairs"; OR "I was running up the stairs"?

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    Re: a better option

    The one letter, or, the only letter.
    Which is best?
    I prefer the second because there is that bit more emphasis.

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