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    Unhappy I can not find a verb in this sentence.

    Hi

    I am wondering if this passage below (the first line) is a phrase, without a verb, or a complete sentence in which I just can't find a verb because of my poor ability in reading English. I would appreciate if you help me understand the structure of it:

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    Truman's hope that Stalin would agree to enter the war against Japan, relieving the United States of bearing the entire burden of the scheduled military campaigns in the Pacific.
    On this he was successful, as Stalin agreed to move Soviet forces from Europe to the Pacific in time to enter the war in mid-August.
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    Thank you.

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    Re: I can not find a verb in this sentence.

    You are right. There is no main verb in that sentence.

    So... what would you do to correct it? What verb would you put in, and where?
    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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    Red face Re: I can not find a verb in this sentence.

    Thank you very much for your quick reply, Ms. Barb_D.
    I am much relieved now to hear your opinion that there is no main verb.
    As for correcting the sentence, I think I would put in "was" right after the subject, making it like:
    'Truman's hope WAS that Stalin would ---,' just to make it easier to guess what the writer meant to say.
    Thanks again and have a nice day (or evening)!!


    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You are right. There is no main verb in that sentence.

    So... what would you do to correct it? What verb would you put in, and where?

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    Re: I can not find a verb in this sentence.

    That would work.

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    Talking Re: I can not find a verb in this sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That would work.
    Oh, thank you, Tdol! I am more confident now!

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