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    Is this sentence correct?

    Dear Forum Users,

    I wonder if anyoue could please tell me if this sentence is correct or not:

    In this situation it is the person (Chuck Norris) other than the one starting the conversation who actually gives good ideas. -- in this situation two people are talking - one of them starts the conversation and the other one gives good ideas.

    Thank you.

    Csika

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    I wonder if anyone could please tell me if this sentence is correct or not:

    In this situation it is the person (Chuck Norris) other than the one starting the conversation who actually gives good ideas. -- in this situation two people are talking - one of them starts the conversation and the other one gives good ideas.

    Thank you.

    Csika
    I think I would prefer:

    In this situation, it is Chuck Norris, not the person starting the conversation, who actually comes up with good ideas.
    In this situation, it is not the person starting the conversation who comes up with good ideas, but the other person (in this case, Chuck Norris).

    Edit: Sorry, I should have said that yours was correct. I just find the opening thirteen words rather wordy and potentially confusing. I'm a little uncomfortable with "... it is the person other than the one starting the conversation ..." but I can't quite put my finger on why.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Jul-2012 at 16:54. Reason: More info added
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    I wonder if anyoue could please tell me if this sentence is correct or not:

    In this situation it is the person (Chuck Norris) other than the one starting the conversation who actually gives good ideas. -- in this situation two people are talking - one of them starts the conversation and the other one gives good ideas.

    Thank you.

    Csika
    It is correct. As ems says, there are other ways of saying it which might be clearer.

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