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    #1

    rewrite a sentence

    "Imposing a pattern which, so the author contends, the facts do not warrant."

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    http://thegrammarexchange.infopop.cc...637#1762959637

    Can the sentence take the following form without changing its meaning?

    "Imposing a pattern which do not warrant the facts."

    Thanks to all.

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    #2

    Re: rewrite a sentence

    First, neither is a compete sentence. There is no main verb. In your second, the author is no longer mentioned, and "do" should be "does".

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    #3

    Re: rewrite a sentence

    Please note that a better title would have been Imposing a pattern.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #4

    Re: rewrite a sentence

    No! Warrant doesn't work that way.
    The facts do not warrant X.
    X is not warranted by the facts.


    To say "the facts do not warrant X "and "X does not warrant the facts" are equivalent sentences is wrong, even if there is subject verb agreement.
    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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