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    the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    Added to the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial are co-equal organs of control and examination. (China Publishing Company)

    Is the above sentence acceptable to native speakers?
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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    "Added to the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial are co-equal organs of control and examination."
    It's grammatical but I have no idea what it means.
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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

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    Hello, Sitifan:

    In my opinion, almost no one would understand that sentence without more context.

    I think (think!) that the sentence means something like this:

    "Besides the Western branches of the executive, the legislative, and the judicial, the government of the Republic of China [Taiwan] also includes the co-equal branches of control and examination."


    NOTE: Mainland China is the People's Republic of China.

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    #4

    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    In addition to the executive, legislative and judicial branches are those of control and examination.

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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    Having just read TheParser's reply above, I'm thinking that maybe Besides is a better choice than In addition to (unless the final two mentioned branches were added later to the original three).

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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Having just read TheParser's reply above, I'm thinking that maybe Besides is a better choice than In addition to (unless the final two mentioned branches were added later to the original three).
    The governments of Western countries have only three branches. The government of the Republic of China has five branches, which resulted from adding another two branches to the original three branches of the governments of Western countries.
    Last edited by sitifan; 23-Jul-2016 at 13:43.
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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial (three adjectives)
    The word "of" is a presposition, so it should be followed by nouns or noun phrases, not by adjectives. That was why I asked if it was grammatical.
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    Re: the Western branches of executive, legislative and judicial

    If you use of, then the labels executive, legislative and judicial are understood as nouns. You could consider using the article the before each to show this more clearly, or alternatively, capitalise them.

    On a side note -- I don't think it's right to say 'Western'. I believe that there are governments all around the world that use this system, and also some that don't. The word doesn't add anything useful to the sentence and in my view is a little inappropriate these days.

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