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    #1

    Smile "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, he said..."

    Hello,

    I need help because I don't know if this sentence is correct. It's not my sentence and there's a possibility that it may not be correct.

    "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, Principal Maybon said he wouldn't change his mind."

    1) Can you explain what this sentence means in different words? Is "once" the adverb form or the conjunction form?

    I think it might mean:

    a) Principal Maybon was at a time in the past was criticized, but he was no longer criticized when he said he wouldn't change his mind.
    b) After he was criticized, he said he wouldn't change his mind. He was still criticized when he said that.

    2) Doesn't conjunction form of once always take a sentence instead of a participle or a noun with it?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by dodeca; 11-Jan-2017 at 01:28.

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    #2

    Re: "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, he said..."

    The second clause is clear: the principal declined to reverse a decision. The first doesn't mean much without more context.

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    #3

    Re: "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, he said..."

    He was criticized one time or perhaps more than one time. Despite that criticism, he refused to change his mind.

    I don't know what is meant by "strong decision".

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    #4

    Re: "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, he said..."

    "Even though Principal Maybon was criticized for his harsh decision, he refused to change his mind."

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    #5

    Re: "Once having been criticized for the extremely strong decision, he said..."

    Raymott is right that "harsh decision" is more natural than "strong decision" but since I don't know what that decision was, I can't be certain that it was indeed a harsh decision.

    Another way to say he refused to change his mind:

    He stood his ground.

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