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    ''being revealed through'' or just ''reveal through''

    Hey guys,

    Sorry for posting a stupid question here

    I am not sure if the following sentence shall be in passive form or not.

    The prospect of a nation ''is'' revealed through...

    A native speaker of English told me ''is'' is redundant in this context, whilst my friend, an English teacher (non-native speaker) holds different opinion.

    Could you guys kindly offer me some guidance?

    All responses will be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: ''being revealed through'' or just ''reveal through''

    First, there are hardly any stupid questions. If you have two different opinions on a topic, I, personally, find it just natural to ask again and see what people think of it.

    Then, going to the question itself, I'd say it is not redundant, unless a wider context proves me wrong. Could you provide some of the surrounding sentences, or a link to the original text?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: ''being revealed through'' or just ''reveal through''

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    First, there are hardly any stupid questions. If you have two different opinions on a topic, I, personally, find it just natural to ask again and see what people think of it.

    Then, going to the question itself, I'd say it is not redundant, unless a wider context proves me wrong. Could you provide some of the surrounding sentences, or a link to the original text?
    Thank you for your response, charliedeut

    The whole sentence reads ''The prospect of a nation ''is'' revealed through a glance at its universities.'' But I wonder if ''The prospect of a nation reveals through a glance at its universities'' is correct as well.

    The answers from my friends seem to be contradictory...So really hope you guys don't mind giving me some thoughts about this query.

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    Re: ''being revealed through'' or just ''reveal through''

    I'd say "is" is correct, but I'd change "prospect" to "prospects" (prospect - definition of prospect by Macmillan Dictionary) and, therefore, "is" to "are".
    Last edited by charliedeut; 10-Jul-2013 at 11:00. Reason: forgotten info
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