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    It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles in which to work.

    The Renaissance produced an extraordinary flowering of the arts. It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles in which to work. In particular, painters and sculptors made their works far more realistic than the art of the Middle Ages had been. (From the Middle Ages to Renaissance, National Geographic Society)

    I wonder if the second sentence means this -- It gave artists new subjects for their art and gave them new styles in which they would like to work.
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    Re: It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles in which to work.

    No, it doesn't say anything about liking it. Just that there were new styles that became available.

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    Re: It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles in which to work.

    Thanks, Soothing. But I’m still confused.
    ‘which’ refers to ‘new styles’ and the subject of ‘to work’ is ‘artists’. Can I paraphrase the sentence as following?
    It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles fort them to work in.

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    Re: It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles in which to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Can I paraphrase the sentence as following?
    It gave artists new subjects for their art and new styles fort for them to work in.
    Yes, if you use "for", not "fort".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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