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    Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Hi all the experts out there!

    Could I have some help with my sentence below? Thanks in advance!

    1) Having read the articles published by the firm and an inspiring interview of the firmís founder, Mr Ethan, I witnessed, and am deeply impressed by, the firmís culture of professionalism and its attitude towards challenging the juniors in the firm.

    2) Having read the articles published by the firm and an inspiring interview of the firmís founder, Mr Ethan; I witnessed, and am deeply impressed by, the firmís culture of professionalism and its attitude towards challenging the juniors in the firm.

    3) Having read the articles published by the firm and an inspiring interview of the firmís founder, Mr Ethan, I witnessed and am deeply impressed by the firmís culture of professionalism and its attitude towards challenging the juniors in the firm.

    Thanks very much to all!

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    #2

    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    I strongly prefer #1. The second is incorrect. The semicolon is wrong there. The third is not as bad, but I think the commas after "witnessed" and "by" are needed.

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    I am not sure what the witnessing has to do with reading an article and an interview.

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    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Although I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker, I'd highly recommend to make several sentences instead of one.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 14-Apr-2014 at 18:59.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I am not sure what the witnessing has to do with reading an article and an interview.
    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for pointing that out. You're very sharp.

    Do you think "resonated" is an appropriate word there?

    Thanks loads.

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    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I am not sure what the witnessing has to do with reading an article and an interview.
    For me, it meant that the speaker has gained first-hand knowledge of what he/she had read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, it meant that the speaker has gained first-hand knowledge of what he/she had read.
    To me, it seems to be saying that he would not have understood what he was witnessing if he had not previously read the article/interview.

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    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Wouldn't you say "interview with" and not "interview of"?
    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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    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Wouldn't you say "interview with" and not "interview of"?
    I wouldn't. An interview in which Mr Ethan is the interviewee is an interview of Mr Ethan. It might have been an interview with Dan Rather.

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    Re: Help with long sentence and semi colon!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Wouldn't you say "interview with" and not "interview of"?
    I thought he read articles and read an interview.

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