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    Are both right?

    Dear teachers:
    Merry christmas and happy new year!
    Your help is appreciated here. Are both sentences right?
    Smart phones enable workers to keep in contact in what they thought was impractical before.
    Smart phones enable workers to keep in contact in what they thought impractical before.
    Can we omit " was " in this sentence or we must keep it?
    Thanks a lot!




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    #2

    Re: Are both right?

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    You can omit it.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #3

    Re: Are both right?

    Not a Teacher.

    I think you may use both modes, though the one without "was" is not used so often as the other one.
    You can say so far he had thought himself alone or so far he had thought himslef to be alone.

    But definitely the phrase you used in the sentence should be "keep in contact WITH", no "keep in contact IN".

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    #4

    Re: Are both right?

    They are both wrong. Try something like....

    Smartphones enable people to stay in contact in ways previously thought impractical.

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    #5

    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    They are both wrong. Try something like....

    Smartphones enable people to stay in contact in ways previously thought impractical.
    Grammatically wrong or just that it doesn't sound good to you?
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #6

    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    Grammatically wrong or just that it doesn't sound good to you?
    The original doesn't make sense.

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    #7

    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Smart phones enable workers to keep in contact in what they thought was impractical before.
    Smart phones enable workers to keep in contact in what they thought impractical before.

    Both sentences are grammatically incorrect. At the very least, you need to remove "what" and add "ways" instead.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    (Not a teacher)

    You can omit it.
    I think so. But other teachers don't think so.

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    #9

    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    They are both wrong. Try something like....
    Smartphones enable people to stay in contact in ways previously thought impractical.
    Thanks a lot! You mean " what " is not correctly used here. But can your sentence be changed into : Smartphones enable people to stay in contact in ways we previously thought impractical? Thanks again! I need your further explaination.

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    Re: Are both right?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Both sentences are grammatically incorrect. At the very least, you need to remove "what" and add "ways" instead.
    Thank you very much! I like your answer. You mean if "what" is changed into " ways", the sentence is grammatically right. Right? But as far as I know, "what" means "some way that" in this context.
    I would arreciate it if you could give further explaination.

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