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    Probably some omission exists in this sentence

    The sentence below was found in the same book I quoted in my last thread. At a glance, it was very complicated and later I found there must be some omission in the latter part of this sentence. Its context and the use of either, or allow me to guess but I'm not completely sure about what I read.

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    "Situations have been described in the literature and the popular press about advance directives that were either ignored by healthcare professionals or the treatment provided was inconsistent with written or verbal instructions."

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    The underlined part is duplicated for the explanation of my theory clearly. I think the relative pronoun "that" is omitted from the sentence because the construction is somewhat similar to the former part. If my guess is correct, however, I was taught that the use of either, or is applied to some equivalent words, phrases and clauses. In this case, its application seems to be distorted a little, doesn't it? This is another factor which confuses me a little.

    Situations have been described in the literature and the popular press about advance directives that were either ignored by healthcare professionals

    or

    Situations have been described in the literature and the popular press about the treatment provided (that) was inconsistent with written or verbal instructions.
    Last edited by mogu; 02-Feb-2014 at 15:33.

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    #2

    Re: Probably some omission exists in this sentence

    Yes, you are right. But you will see this often from journalists. You could fix it like this:
    "Situations have been described in the literature and the popular press of treatment provided that was inconsistent with written or verbal instructions."
    "Situations have been described in the literature and the popular press about advance directives that were either ignored by healthcare professionals or where (or 'in which') the treatment provided was inconsistent with written or verbal instructions."

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    Re: Probably some omission exists in this sentence

    Thank you for your explanations, Raymott.

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