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    Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    The police had been looking for the snatch thief for the past two weeks. Rupert was the snatch thief.

    I have joined the sentence as follows. Which is the correctly joined sentence? Thanks.

    Rupert was the snatch thief, whom the police had been looking for the snatch thief for for the past two weeks.

    Rupert, whom the police had been looking for for the past two weeks, was the snatch thief.

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    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The police had been looking for the snatch thief for the past two weeks. Rupert was the snatch thief.

    I have joined the sentence as follows. Which is the correctly joined sentence? Thanks.

    Rupert was the snatch thief, whom the police had been looking for the snatch thief for for the past two weeks.

    Rupert, whom the police had been looking for for the past two weeks, was the snatch thief.
    Is the "snatch thief" a title? If so, I would capitalize the S and T.

    The second sentence is OK, but I would reword it to get rid of "for for". The first is not OK.

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    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Thanks, Mike. "Snatch thief" is not a title.
    Last edited by kohyoongliat; 01-Nov-2013 at 13:06. Reason: typo. Question mark has been replaced by period.

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    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, Mike. "Snatch thief" is not a title?
    Then just "thief" would be more common.

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    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Is the "snatch thief" a title?.
    Snatch theft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    #6

    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Well, that is a new one for me.

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    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Well, that is a new one for me.
    I came across it only recently. It's not used much in Britain - except by those who have been victims of the crime when travelling in countries where it is common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I came across it only recently. It's not used much in Britain - except by those who have been victims of the crime when travelling in countries where it is common.
    I certainly can understand it in context. But we would call the person a mugger, a robber, or a thief, not a "snatch thief'.

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    #9

    Re: Which is the correctly joined sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The police had been looking for the snatch thief for the past two weeks. Rupert was the snatch thief.

    I have joined the sentence as follows. Which is the correctly joined sentence? Thanks.

    Rupert was the snatch thief, whom the police had been looking for the snatch thief for for the past two weeks.

    Rupert, whom the police had been looking for for the past two weeks, was the snatch thief.
    Most likely the second sentence gives the wrong meaning. The police weren't looking for Rupert independently of the fact that he was the thief. They were looking for the thief, who turned out to be Rupert.
    But is there really a correct way to join sentences if the intended meaning isn't known? There's usually no such thing as the correctly joined sentence. Certainly neither of these is at all natural.

    "For the past two weeks the police had been looking for the snatch thief, who turned out to be Rupert." (The reason for the use of the past perfect here is not obvious).

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