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    "a remark gives" or "an Englishman gives"

    There was a very interesting remark in a book by an Englishman that I read recently giving what he thought was a reason for this American characteristic.


    I'm trying to analyse this compound sentence as follows:
    1)There was a very interesting remark in a book
    2)The remark was made by an Englishman
    3)I read recently that remark
    4-a)The remark gives that what the Englishman thought was a reason for this American characteristic
    4-b)The Englishman gives that what he thought was a reason for this American characteristic

    I don't know whether 4-a or 4-b is correct? or any others in my analysis are wrong?
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    Re: "a remark gives" or "an Englishman gives"

    1. An Englishman wrote the book in question.
    2. I read the book recently.
    3. The book contained an interesting remark.

    Both 4a and 4b are correct. The remark in question was the English writer's opinion on the reason for the American characteristic.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "a remark gives" or "an Englishman gives"

    You must have missed the two "that"s in those sentences (4a and 4b), ems. They shouldn't be there.

    (Well, full stops/periods should be there!)
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    Re: "a remark gives" or "an Englishman gives"

    Quote Originally Posted by lagoo View Post
    4-a)The remark gives that is about what the Englishman thought was a reason for this American characteristic.
    4-b)The Englishman gives that what he thought was a reason for this American characteristic.

    I don't know whether 4-a or 4-b is correct, or if any others in my analysis are wrong.
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