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    Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics dramatize more the American search for spacious living than in the far west.

    This sentence is an inverted one. What’s its original pattern? Can it be changed like this: The1980 census statistics dramatize the American search for spacious living nowhere more than in the Far West?

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    I think so. I have a feeling that it's not exactly the same, but can't pin it down. Perhaps someone else can. But the original is right and is much clearer. Otherwise, the sentence starts 'the 1980 census statistics' [yawn ... Why should I care about THEM? The inversion starts with the most attention-grabbing word, 'Nowhere', which makes the reader think 'What/Why/Who...?)

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    I agree with Bob. When you modify the sentence, it makes more sense to say "...search for spacious living especially in the far west."

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    Can we paraphrase the original sentence as following?

    The 1980 census statistics dramatize the American search for spacious living, which is particularly noticeable in the far west.

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    Yes, that works.

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    Is the following OK?
    'The 1980 census statistics dramatize the American search for spacious living in the far west more than in any other places.'

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    Matthew, I think that misses the point. The reason that that the far west was mentioned is because there is more open space there.

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    Re: Nowhere do the 1980 census statistics

    The construction below is the same as that of the OP's sentence.
    'Nowhere does the report emphasize more the company's investment than in Guilin.'
    Can it be rewritten as 'The report emphasizes the company's investment in Guilin more than in any other places'?

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