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    "ambitious in approach, massive in scale"


    "Future development will be even more ambitious in approach, more massive in scale and more exacting in its standards."

    Does this sentence sound right? It's from an English tutorial published by Chinese. I am not very familiar with this " an adjective in a noun" kind of collocation. Is it Ok to say that?


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    Re: "ambitious in approach, massive in scale"

    Yes, though I don't like the "its" in the final one. It breaks the parallelism.
    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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