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    Post Does this sentence lack a verb?

    Hi,

    I would like o know if this sentence is correct? It seems to lack a verb:

    Therefore, something as crucial within economics as income distribution, and with such a political charge, was
    determined naturally, and hardly disputable by economic policy.



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    Re: Does this sentence lack a verb?

    "Was" is a verb. "Something was determined" is the heart of that sentence.

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    Re: Does this sentence lack a verb?

    But I think it needs an "is" - and is hardly disputable...

    The sentence doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Was it "something as crucial as income distribution" or was it actually income distribution that was determined?
    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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    Re: Does this sentence lack a verb?

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Isn't it an ellipsis where 'was' was left out ?
    Therefore, something [..] was determined naturally, and (was) hardly disputable by economic policy.

    My impression was that the something is an income distribution.



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    Re: Does this sentence lack a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    But I think it needs an "is" - and is hardly disputable...

    The sentence doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Was it "something as crucial as income distribution" or was it actually income distribution that was determined?
    Oh dear - same writer, presumbly. I really don't have time to wrestle with his Byzantine prose once more.

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    Re: Does this sentence lack a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Isn't it an ellipsis where 'was' was left out ?
    Therefore, something [..] was [COLOR=#4B0082]determined naturally, and (was) hardly disputable by economic policy.

    ...
    If it is, it's made unnecessarily hard to read by the lack of parallelism.

    And there's that word 'natural' again. He really got out of bed on the wrong side!

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