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    Ordinary policemen are as victims

    Would you please correct my two sentences? I am not sure if they sound natural.

    In this case, ordinary policemen are as victims just as the youth who throw stones at them. Although they stand on the opposite sides, they are both sacrificed by the government, which in its arrogance, have lost touch with reality.

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    Re: Ordinary policeman are as victims

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please correct my two sentences? I am not sure if they sound natural.

    In this case, ordinary policemen are as victims just as much as the youths who throw stones at them. Although they stand on the opposite sides, they are both groups are sacrificed by the government (no comma) which, in its arrogance, has* have lost touch with reality.
    Note my suggestions above. *Has is required in AmE. BrE may allow or even prefer have, but please wait for a Brit to weigh in on this.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Ordinary policeman are as victims

    This speaker of BrE would use 'has' in that sentence. 'Have is possible, but we'd have to change 'its' to 'their'.

    As long as the article before 'government is definite, I'd keep the comma before 'which', which introduces a non-defining clause. I agree with the necessity of a comma after 'which'.

    If we use an indefinite article before 'government', the 'which' clause becomes defining, and there should be no comma before 'which'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Jul-2016 at 18:07.

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