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    #1

    attacks to silence

    Which are correct:

    1-The writer has faced many attacks to silence him.
    2-The writer has faced many attacks,to silence him. (Here 'to silence him' has been added as an afterthought.)


    3-The writer has faced many attacks on his personality to silence him.

    4-The writer has faced many attacks on his personality, to silence him. (Here too, 'to silence him' has been added as an afterthought.)


    I think '2' is a little choppy, but it might work in spoken English. '1' and '3' seem fine. I think '4' works too.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: attacks to silence

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-The writer has faced many attacks to silence him.
    2-The writer has faced many attacks,to silence him. (Here 'to silence him' has been added as an afterthought.)


    3-The writer has faced many attacks on his personality to silence him.

    4-The writer has faced many attacks on his personality, to silence him. (Here too, 'to silence him' has been added as an afterthought.)


    I think '2' is a little choppy, but it might work in spoken English. '1' and '3' seem fine. I think '4' works too.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I agree about 1 and 3. #2 doesn't work for me. #4 could work -- as an afterthought.

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    #3

    Re: attacks to silence

    If I read "many attacks" I would think he was facing bodily harm. "Personal attacks" may be a better choice than "attack on his personality."
    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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