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    Rephrase the sentence please - ...that was thought acceptable in the past is not...

    A behaviour that was thought/considered (to be) acceptable in the past is not any more due to stricter/ever tightening humanitarian legislations.

    Actually want to say what was acceptable in the past is not acceptable any more... Could you please rephrase the above sentence to make it look more professional please.

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    #2

    Re: Rephrase the sentence please - ...that was thought acceptable in the past is not.

    Quote Originally Posted by atiq124 View Post
    What was acceptable in the past is not acceptable any more
    That's fine.
    Or What was acceptable in the past is no longer acceptable.
    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: Rephrase the sentence please - ...that was thought acceptable in the past is not.

    Quote Originally Posted by atiq124 View Post
    Behaviour that was considered acceptable in the past is not any more​, due to stricter and ever-tightening humanitarian legislation [or laws].

    I actually want to say what was acceptable in the past is not acceptable any more. Could you please rephrase the above sentence to make it look more professional, please?
    Either use legislation, singular, or laws, plural.

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    Re: Rephrase the sentence please - ...that was thought acceptable in the past is not.

    Do we need to add 'to be' between considered and acceptable ?

    (Behaviour that was considered to be acceptable...)

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    Re: Rephrase the sentence please - ...that was thought acceptable in the past is not.

    No — it's optional.

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