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    #1

    assume that

    Are the following sentences acceptable? What's the difference between the two sentences?

    (1) We assume (that) most successful person don't graduate from top universities.
    (2) Most successful person don't graduate from top universities (that) we assume.

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    #2

    Re: assume that

    Do you mean one person?

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    Re: assume that

    After I asked for advice from an English teacher, he revised the sentences as following.

    (1) Most successful people don't graduate from what we assume to be top universities.
    (2) Most successful people don't graduate from what are assumed to be top universities.
    (3) Most successful people don't graduate from top universities that are assumed to be top ones.

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    Re: assume that

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    After I asked for advice from an English teacher, he revised the sentences as following.

    (1) Most successful people don't graduate from what we assume to be top universities.
    (2) Most successful people don't graduate from what are assumed to be top universities.
    (3) Most successful people don't graduate from top universities that are assumed to be top ones.
    1 and 2 are fine -- the only difference is actively stating who does the assuming.
    3 is a mess.
    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: assume that

    Are we assuming that the people don't graduate from "top universities" or are we assuming that certain universities are the "top universities"?

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