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    Can someone please help me understand this?

    Apologies for this post. I just don't understand why the following is considered correct:

    You might have noticed a new face in the Payroll team. Amy Smith is interning with us as she is interested in this area of work.


    I accept that it's correct, but I just don't know why. Perhaps somebody could help me understand why.

    I've tried to break everything down:

    the Payroll team = compound noun

    Amy Smith = Subject
    is interning = verbal phrase (?)
    with = preposition
    us = pronoun
    this = adjective
    area = noun

    I understand that the writer has used "this area of work" instead of repeating Payroll, but Payroll isn't a noun by itself in the first sentence, is it? "The Payroll team" is a compound noun (I think). "The Payroll team" isn't an "area of work", "Payroll is an area of work". If I read the second sentence like this, it wouldn't say what the reader intended: Amy Smith is interning with us as she is interested in the Payroll team.

    If someone would explain things to me, I would be eternally grateful. Thank you.

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    We simply understand that she is interning with the Payroll Team because her interest lies in the area of work known as "payroll". All the terms don't necessarily have to "agree" over two separate sentences. Some common sense is required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    You might have noticed a new face in the Payroll team. Amy Smith is interning with us as she is interested in this area of work (the Payroll team is doing).

    I think the description of the work in brackets is implied/understood.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We simply understand that she is interning with the Payroll Team because her interest lies in the area of work known as "payroll". All the terms don't necessarily have to "agree" over two separate sentences. Some common sense is required.
    Thank you. Now I know where I was going wrong. I thought all the terms had to "agree" over the two separate sentences. I knew the writer meant that the intern's interest lies in "payroll", but I thought the second sentence might have been written incorrectly as it didn't "agree" with the first sentence.

    Could "area of work" be replaced with "type of work" or "field of work"?
    Last edited by Sparklesdust; 10-Aug-2015 at 21:09. Reason: Added a question

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    Yes those are all fine.
    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: Can someone please help me understand this?

    All of my life, I've been thinking that sentences like the ones I posted had to "agree" with each other. Is there a guide or anything I can read on that subject?

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    Common sense. That's the guide.
    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: Can someone please help me understand this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparklesdust View Post
    All of my life, I've been thinking that sentences like the ones I posted had to "agree" with each other. Is there a guide or anything I can read on that subject?
    As Barb wrote, " Some common sense is required". Native speakers are not even aware of abstract rules. They simply assume that speakers are trying to convey a message, and use common sense to interpret that message.
    Last edited by Piscean; 10-Aug-2015 at 22:06. Reason: corrected error

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    AS emsr2d3 wrote, " Some common sense is required". Native speakers are not even aware of abstract rules. They simply assume that speakers are trying to convey a message, and use common sense to interpret that message.
    I am a native speaker. I was trying to pull the sentences apart in an attempt to better understand sentence construction so that I could improve my writing. I just ended up confusing myself instead. Of course, common sense told me what the writer was saying, but I wanted to know if the sentences had been put next to each other in the correct way. Just out of curiosity -I know that grammarians sometimes argue over rules - do you think any grammarians would've said what I said?

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    Re: Can someone please help me understand this?

    AS emsr2d3 wrote,
    Sorry, I meant 'As Barb wrote'. I have now corrected this in my original post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparklesdust View Post
    out of curiosity -I know that grammarians sometimes argue over rules - do you think any grammarians would've said what I said?
    If you are referring to this - You might have noticed a new face in the Payroll team. Amy Smith is interning with us as she is interested in this area of work. - it is fine.

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