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    #1

    "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job". Is this statement correct?

    "This makes his job stressful, which is a pleasant job otherwise". Is placement of 'which' correct grammatically and/ or colloquially?

    Is it a must for 'which' to follow a noun?

    Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    "This makes his job stressful​; otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    "This makes his job, stressful which is a pleasant job otherwise, stressful". Is the placement of 'which' correct grammatically and/or colloquially?

    Is it a must for 'which' to follow a noun? In your sentence, yes.

    Thank you.
    See above.
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    #3

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    Thank you emsr2d2.

    But there is no reference to 'placement' before using it, so how do I know I need to use 'the' before 'placement'?

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    #4

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    There doesn't need to be a previous reference to something to need an article before it.

    The placement of commas is difficult for learners.
    Is the placement of xxx correct?
    I have problems with the placement of apostrophes.
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    #5

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    Thank you emsr2d2.

    I realised my mistake that there should have been a full stop as they are independent sentences. But, please tell me how was the placement of apostrophes wrong?

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    #6

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    I think emsr2d2's examples are intended to show the use of the definite article, and there are actually no apostrophes in your sentences.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    Oh! Were they only intended to be examples? So, is the usage of comma in my sentence(which is given below for easy reference) correct? I was doubting it as they are stand-alone sentences.
    ---"But there is no reference to 'placement' before using it, so how do I know I need to use 'the' before 'placement'?"---

    Shouldn't 'xxx' in emsrd2's sentence contain apostrophe?

    Thank you.

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    #8

    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    No. What you're talking about aren't apostrophes. They're quotation marks. I could have written:

    Is the placement of "xxx" correct?
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    Is the placement of "which" correct?

    Quotation marks might look like two apostrophes next to each other but they have no connection to apostrophes.
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    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    Thank you for correcting me. I mistook single quotation marks for apostrophes.
    And Isn't double quotation marks are used only when we are quoting others words/ sayings. And single quotation marks to seperate/highlight a word or a phrase from the rest of the sentence?

    So, shouldn't it be "Is the placement of 'xxx' correct?"

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    Re: "This makes his job stressful, otherwise it is a pleasant job".

    It's a matter of personal preference for most people, unless they work somewhere which has a specific style to be used in written pieces. I use double quotation marks only, particularly on this forum when sometimes a single quotation mark doesn't stand out enough for everyone to see, especially if they're viewing the site on a phone.
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