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    "as" or something is missing?

    Hello teachers!

    I've found the following:

    The author of numerous books and articles on wellness he has also been a popular speaker on wellness-related topics appearing in every U.S. state ...

    I'm really confused with the "red" part above.

    Is "As" or something like "as" missing in front of "The author of numerous books and articles on wellness he has" as follows?

    As the author of numerous books and articles on wellness, he has ....

    Or, is it all right just to put "and" between "wellness" and "he"?

    I hope you'll help me with this, teachers.


    Thank you very much in advance for your help on this.

    yam
    Last edited by yamyam; 05-Aug-2014 at 05:16.

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    #2

    Re: "as" or something is missing?

    The sentence is fine if you put a comma after the first "wellness" and a hyphen after the second "wellness". Then the opening phrase describes the pronoun "he".

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    #3

    Re: "as" or something is missing?

    Hello, Yam!

    The easiest way to fix the first example is to just put a comma between wellness and he. That will make the first part a dependent clause (that is, a phrase that is not a complete sentence by itself).

    Your second example, with "As" in front, is also good.

    But in your third example, it does not work to put and between wellness and he. You would only use and if the first part were an independent clause (that is, a phrase that is a complete sentence by itself):

    "He is the author of numerous books and articles on wellness, and he has...."

    You could also use and and make the second part be a dependent clause:

    "He is the author of numerous books and articles and has...."

    A fine point: Notice that if there are two independent clauses, you need a comma before the and. If one is dependent and the other is independent, there is no comma.

    I hope that helps!

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    #4

    Re: "as" or something is missing?

    Charlie, the opening line cannot be a clause because it has no verb. Putting an "as" before the opening doesn't work with the word "also".

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    Re: "as" or something is missing?

    Thank you very much for the quick replies, Mr. MikeNewYork and Mr. Charlie Bernstein.
    Now I understand what the whole sentence means.

    By the way, how about putting the phrase "The author of numerous books and articles on wellness" between he and has, as follows?

    He, the author of numerous books and articles on wellness, has also been ....

    If the above makes sense, I think the following also makes sense, right?

    As the author of numerous books and articles on wellness, he has also been ....

    Oh, I've edited the second "wellness" as you said.

    Thanks.

    yam

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    Re: "as" or something is missing?

    Your first suggestion is possible, but I prefer the first.

    The second is not correct unless you remove the word "also".

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