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    America is known as the land of opportunity,

    Is the following sentence correct?

    America is known as the land of opportunity, where one could achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter who they are.

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    Re: America is known as the land of opportunity,

    It's grammatically correct.

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    Re: America is known as the land of opportunity,

    I agree with Piscean. I found the combination of "America is" and "could" unnatural.

    I'd use either "is" then "can", or "was" then "could". Given that, to a certain extent, this belief still holds true, I'd go with "is" and "can".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: America is known as the land of opportunity,

    I'm not overly keen on the use of 'one' with 'they'.


    To continue with 'one' would create a rather stuffy sounding sentence, such as '...where one can achieve anything one puts one's mind to, no matter who one is.'


    The impersonal 'you' would work better for me. 'America is known as the land of opportunity, where you can achieve anything you put your mind to, no matter who you are.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Aug-2017 at 11:22. Reason: Fixing typo.
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    Re: America is known as the land of opportunity,

    I'd use either "is" then "can", or "was" then "could".
    But, we can use "may , might, will and could" for future prediction, can't we?
    Eating unhealthy food could result in some disease.
    Last edited by newkeenlearner; 27-Aug-2017 at 19:58.

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    Re: America is known as the land of opportunity,

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    But, we can use "may , might, will and could" for future prediction, can't we?
    Eating unhealthy food could result in some disease.
    Yes, you can. It doesn't work in your original sentence though.
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