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    #1

    in past and present of Australia

    Someone wrote the following sentence:

    This is a serious problem in past and present of Australia.

    How can this sentence be improved?

    This is a serious problem in the past and the present of Australia
    This is a serious problem of the past and the present of Australia
    This has been a serious problem in the past and the present of Australia
    This has been a serious problem of the past and the present of Australia


    What do you think? What would be the right version?
    Thanks

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    Re: in past and present of Australia

    I would say "There is a serious problem in the past and present of Australia" or "There is serious problem in the past and in the present of Australia." That's if I were keeping as close to those words as possible.

    Depending on whether the writer wanted to emphasize that the problem that currently exists goes back a long way, or that an old problem is still an existing problem, I'd actually write it differently.
    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: in past and present of Australia

    ~~~ Not a teacher! ~~~ Not a native speaker! ~~~

    Is it acceptable to drop the word "of" in "in the present of Australia? If so, is there a change of meaning?
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    Re: in past and present of Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ...[....]... I'd actually write it differently.
    how would you write it?

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    Re: in past and present of Australia

    Which of my two possible interpretations is correct? Or neither?
    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: in past and present of Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Which of my two possible interpretations is correct? Or neither?
    well I chose your first version:

    There is a serious problem in the past and present of Australia"

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    Re: in past and present of Australia

    I mean this:
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    whether the writer wanted to emphasize:
    1) that the problem that currently exists goes back a long way, or
    2) that an old problem is still an existing problem
    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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