I am interested in the grammar points in the following sentence:
"FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed that an email he sent suggesting the 2022 World Cup was 'bought' was genuine."
(Source: ‘I’m not quitting’: Sepp Blatter defies his critics over FIFA corruption scandal - daily.co.uk)
To my knowledge, this sentence is grammatically correct. But it seems to me that the sentence is not very understandable, at least for me. To be honest, I had to reread it several times before completely understanding it.
Would you please suggest some paraphrases of the above sentence, so that it can easily be understandable?
Last edited by Jack_Rose; 31-May-2011 at 16:32.
You're right. It could take more than one reading to get the meaning. Even after having understood the sentence, it is still not known whether he is admitting it guiltily, and is sorry he wrote it, or whether he is confirming that this has been his opinion all along, and that he meant to express that opinion publicly. This ambiguity of Valcke's attitude, I think, contributes to the difficulty of getting the meaning. If Valcke's opinion was known, it would be easier to interpret.
"Last year, FIFA secretary general Valcke posted an email in which he suggested that the 2022 World Cup was 'bought'. He has now confirmed that this email was genuine."
1. He has now confirmed that, although the email was genuine, it did not and does not reflect his true opinion.
2. He has confirmed that this email expressed his genuine opinion at the time, and that he has not deviated from his viewpoint.
Out of interest, is 1. or 2. right?
Yes, it was a "real" e-mail, sent by him.
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.
For the two you proposed, I guess the first should be more appropriate. In the quoted whole paragraph below, he did insist....
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has confirmed that an email he sent suggesting the 2022 World Cup was 'bought' was genuine - but insisted he was referring to Qatar using their 'financial strength' to legitimately lobby for votes.
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DEAR MR. ROSE:
(1) I had to read the sentence two
or three times, and then I came up with only one interpretation.
(2) This is how I would have worded it:
FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke has confirmed as genuine
an email that he sent suggesting the 2022 World Cup was "bought."