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    #1

    Clive barely scraped through the exam

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Clive barely scraped through the exam, which did not prevent him to later become a successful businessman.

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    #2

    Re: Clive barely scraped through the exam

    It reads like the exam didn't prevent his future success. I think you mean that barely passing it was the problem.

    Something prevents another thing from happening.

    I think these two thoughts would be better expressed in two sentences.
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    Re: Clive barely scraped through the exam

    Would my sentences be better like this:

    Clive barely scraped through the exam. That, however, did not prevent him from becoming a successful businessman.

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    #4

    Re: Clive barely scraped through the exam

    I like the text better that way.
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    #5

    Re: Clive barely scraped through the exam

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Clive barely scraped through the exam. That, however, did not prevent him from becoming a successful businessman.
    You could still have included "later" in that sentence.

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    #6

    Re: Clive barely scraped through the exam

    I hope this version is correct:

    Clive barely scraped through the exam. That, however, did not prevent him from later becoming a successful businessman.

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