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    The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    "The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken by an American reporter in the war." (from my teacher's handout)
    Is this sentence correct? If not, how should I revise it? Thanks!

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    No. It should be:

    The picture, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, was taken by an American reporter.

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

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    No. It should be:

    The picture, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, was taken by an American reporter.
    If there are more than one picture that won the prize and were taken by an American reporter, how should I say? Why is my original sentence incorrect? Thanks!

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    Are you saying that more than one picture won the prize for best picture of the year? But only one can be best. Was it a tie?

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    More than one picture won the same prize?

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    Yes. If more than one picture won the same prize (a tie), how should I say it? Can't I say it like this? - "The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken by an American reporter in the war."

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    You should not leave out important information. Instead of saying they both won say they shared first place. Say there was a tie for first place (assuming there was a vote). In that case, the tie is for first and second place. (The next place is third.)

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

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    If there are more than one picture that won the prize and were taken by an American reporter, how should I say? Why is my original sentence incorrect? Thanks!

    Your original sentence shifted from more than one picture to just one picture. So, yes, it was incorrect.

    Calling more than one "best" would only make sense is make sense if the award goes to a group of pictures: the best pictures.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    Quote Originally Posted by z7655431 View Post
    If there are more than one picture that won the prize and were taken by an American reporter, how should I say? Why is my original sentence incorrect? Thanks!
    Say:

    If there was more than one picture that won the same prize and both were taken by an American reporter, how should I say it?

    (Sometimes I ignore something because I am focused on something else. That's life.)

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    Re: The pictures, which won the prize for the best picture of the year, were taken...

    You can say they tied for first place.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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