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    Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask a question about word order.

    Between the two setences below, which do you think sounds natural?

    1. The image we have of the Royal Family is gradually changing.

    2. The image of the Royal Family we have is gradually changing.


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    Re: Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

    1. is far better.

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    Re: Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

    In your example, both sentences mean about the same thing. In another situation, they may be very different:

    'A photo I took of the car...' You took a photo.
    'A photo of the car I took...' You took a car.

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    Re: Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

    I think the original also has that problem. Is the topic the image we have, or the Royal Family we have?

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    Re: Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

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    Hello, Optimistic Pessimist:

    If you will (mentally) replace the deleted relative pronoun "that" and then read the sentences ALOUD several times, it may help you to decide which sentence sounds smoother to your ears. (I will keep my opinion to myself.)

    1. The image + that we have of the Royal Family + is gradually changing.

    2. The image of the Royal family + that we have + is gradually changing.

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    Re: Word order "the image we have of the Royal Family"

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I will keep my opinion to myself.
    You have said this in a number of threads. You are a VIP member who has submitted (as of today) over 5,880 posts. It would be interesting to some of us to know what you think.

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