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    #1

    it is

    Dear Forum Users,

    Look at this sentence:

    The dog may not be brown in picture 2. If it is, it is a Hungarian 'puli'.

    I just wonder, how I could rewrite the highlighted part to evade the repetition of 'it is'. (If so, ...?)

    Thank you very much.

    Csika
    Last edited by Csika; 24-Feb-2012 at 14:57.

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    #2

    Re: it is

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    Look at this sentence:

    The dog may not be brown in picture 2. If it is, it is a Hungarian 'puli'.

    I just wonder, how I could rewrite the highlighted part to evade the repetition of 'it is'. (If so, ...?)

    Thank you very much.

    Csika
    "If it is [brown], it's a Hungarian puli.
    "If so" would mean "If it's true that the dog is not brown ...", which I think is the opposite of what you want to say.

    By the way, the meaning of, "
    The dog may not be brown in picture 2." is not clear.

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    #3

    Re: it is

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    Look at this sentence:

    The dog may not be brown in picture 2. If it is, it is a Hungarian 'puli'.

    I just wonder, how I could rewrite the highlighted part to evade the repetition of 'it is'. (If so, ...?)

    Thank you very much.

    Csika
    The only way I can think of is to make it much longer:

    The dog might not be brown in picture 2. If the dog is brown in picture 2, then it is a Hungarian Puli.

    You could try "The dog might not be brown in picture 2. If it is brown, it must be a Hungarian Puli."

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    #4

    Re: it is

    Isn't it better "the dog in picture 2 may not be brown"? I mean, if the dog is not brown in picture 2, he's probably not brown in any picture.

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    #5

    Re: it is

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Isn't it better "the dog in picture 2 may not be brown"? I mean, if the dog is not brown in picture 2, he's probably not brown in any picture.
    As I say, it's not clear. That might not be Ciska's meaning. She might mean, "I do not know whether the dog in the picture is the brown dog I'm thinking of." That is, it might not be Spot, who is brown, in the picture. It might be the dog from next door, which is black. If it is brown, it's Spot, and he's a Hungarian puli.
    So "what is better to say" depends on what is meant - as in all cases of ambiguity.

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    #6

    Re: it is

    Thank you very much for your suggestions!

    Csika

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