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    The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

    I am not sure if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The old woman refused to yield to the pressure from the local authorities to sell her home and land, so that they could build a new supermarket.

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    Re: The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

    The old woman refused to yield when the local authorities pressured her to sell her home and land so that they could build a new supermarket.
    Last edited by Phaedrus; 05-Feb-2017 at 05:08. Reason: forgot the adjective "new"

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    Re: The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

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    The old woman refused to yield when the local authorities pressured her to sell her home and land so that they could build a new supermarket.
    [Question 1] Does "they" refer to "the local authorities"?

    [Question 2] Is the following sentence correct?:
    The old woman refused to yield when the local authorities pressured her to sell her home and land so that they could grant a permission to build a new supermarket.

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    Re: The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

    Reply to Question 1: "They" can, but need not, refer to "the local authorities." Only Bassim can say whether it does.
    Reply to Question 2: It's correct but wordy. To put the authorities at a step removed from the building, we can simply passivize Bassim's "so that"-clause:

    The old woman refused to yield when the local authorities pressured her to sell her home and land so that a new supermarket could be built.

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    Re: The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post

    The old woman refused to yield to the pressure from the local authorities to sell her home and land, so that they could build a new supermarket.
    Unless the pressure has been mentioned before, the sentence is better without the definite article. I wouldn't use the comma. Apart from those points, the original sentence is fine.

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    Re: The old woman refused to yield to the pressure

    Apart from those points, the original sentence is fine.
    The purpose clause doesn't work well in the original, even without the comma and "the" before "pressure." Compare:

    ?? Pressure from the local authorities to sell her home and land so that they could build a supermarket could not make the old woman yield.

    That's why I made the changes that I did: "pressure so that they could build a supermarket" isn't a good noun phrase.

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