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    #1

    a former author and...

    1-This book is about a former author and journalist.
    2-This book is about a former author and a journalist.

    Which of the above correspond to which of the below:
    a-the book is about two people
    b-the book is about one person who is a former author and a former journalist
    c-the book is about one person who is now a journalist and formerly an author

    '2' could correspond to 'a'. I am not sure that it cannot correspond to 'b' as well.

    '1' could correspond to 'b'. I am not sure it cannot correspond to 'c' as well.

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: a former author and...

    2 could be about two people. I'm not sure about former author- it doesn't seem to be an occupation that people quit much, so even when they no longer write, we don't use it.

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    #3

    Re: a former author and...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-This book is about a former author and journalist.
    2-This book is about a former author and a journalist.

    Which of the above correspond to which of the below:
    a-the book is about two people
    b-the book is about one person who is a former author and a former journalist
    c-the book is about one person who is now a journalist and formerly an author

    '2' could correspond to 'a'. I am not sure that it cannot correspond to 'b' as well.

    '1' could correspond to 'b'. I am not sure it cannot correspond to 'c' as well.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    I read #1 as 1 person, and #2 as 2 people.

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    #4

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I read #1 as 1 person, and #2 as 2 people.
    So did I.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: a former author and...

    Thank you all very much.

    1-This book is about a former author and journalist.

    Can one tell if the person in question is a former journalist or a present-day journalist?

    Many Thanks.
    Navi.


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    #6

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    No

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    #7

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you all very much.

    1-This book is about a former author and journalist.

    Can one tell if the person in question is a former journalist or a present-day journalist?

    Many Thanks.
    Navi.

    It is not completely clear, but, as written, "former" appears to apply to both nouns. If the person is still a journalist, it should have been written "a journalist and former author".

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    #8

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    I still don't like 'former author'.

    If Dan Brown never writes another word for the rest of his life he will always be an author.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I still don't like 'former author'.

    If Dan Brown never writes another word for the rest of his life he will always be an author.
    Will he? If my uncle, a master baker, hangs up his flour bag and never bakes another loaf of bread, will he always be a baker? I agree that he will have been a baker but not that he will remain one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    No offence to your uncle, however toothsome his baking might have been, but an author's work survives long after he has written his last book and later died.

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