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Please take a look at the two sentences below and tell me which one is more formal?
versusFirst imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships.Both of them make sense for me but the first one is somehow odd and if I had to use them I would definitely choose the second one. What's your opinion about them?First he was imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships.
Here is the whole context but I want that you see the sentences above in an isolation condition without anymore information. I'm interested in knowing your opinions towards the "imprisoned," according to the sentence below though.
First imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships, he was paroled in New York City, and finally released in a prisoner exchange in 1778.
Thank you in advance,
It's a sentence fragment in the original context. It doesn't work as a sentence on its own.
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I believe that some books feel that "First imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships, he was paroled in New York City" is a snappy (cool-sounding) way to say:
"He, [who was] first imprisoned aboard Royal Navy ships, was paroled in New York City."
I believe that newspapers and especially news magazines (always eager to quickly grab readers' attention) are responsible for introducing such sentences.
Thus, instead of "Mona, who was born into poverty, eventually became the queen of Jupiter" becomes "Born into poverty, Mona eventually became the queen of Jupiter."
Last edited by TheParser; 27-Sep-2015 at 09:18.