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    #1

    With or without 'it'?

    "As it has been ascertained thanks to the seminal studies of XY, ..."
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    "As has been ascertained thanks to the seminal studies of XY, ..."?
    Fabrizio (from Italy)

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    Re: With or without 'it'?

    Hi,

    Personally, I would say it with 'it', but maybe seeing the full sentence would make me think otherwise. Could you post the part that is missing?

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    Re: With or without 'it'?

    This is the complete sentence:
    "As (it) has been ascertained thanks to the seminal studies of XY, old ties connected the episcopal see of Siena with Grosseto."

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    Re: With or without 'it'?

    Hi,

    I would keep the 'it' (in conversation). Hoewever, I am aware that maybe it would be dropped in formal writing.

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    Re: With or without 'it'?

    Ok. Thank you for your help, Charliedeut!
    Fabrizio

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    #6

    Re: With or without 'it'?

    Is this is your writing, may I suggest a simpler: The seminal studies of xyz showed ...
    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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