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    than they were originally published

    In the Collins Dictionary, it says:

    digest
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    A digest is a collection of pieces of writing. They are published together in a shorter form than they were originally published.
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    a. If I write 'They are published together in a shorter form than were originally published', is it acceptable?
    (I do so because I compare it to this construction 'There is more food than is needed.' )

    b. If I write 'They are published together in a shorter form than originally published', is it acceptable?
    Last edited by kadioguy; 08-Oct-2017 at 14:56.
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    In the Collins Dictionary, it says:

    digest
    N-COUNT
    A digest is a collection of pieces of writing. They are published together in a shorter form than they were originally published in.
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    a. If I write 'They are published together in a shorter form than were originally published', is it acceptable?
    (I do so because I compare it to this construction 'There is more food than is needed.' )

    b. If I write 'They are published together in a shorter form than originally published', is it acceptable?
    See above. I think Collins's definition omitted a word. In version A the verb doesn't agree with the subject "form". I think B is okay because in this condensed language, we can accept that was was omitted for brevity.
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In version A the verb doesn't agree with the subject "form".
    Isn't the subject "They" (a collection of pieces of writing)?
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    Re: than they were originally published

    ... in a shorter form than the form which was originally published.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 08-Oct-2017 at 16:15.
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In version A the verb doesn't agree with the subject "form".
    So if I write ''They are published together in a shorter form than was originally published', is it acceptable?'
    I'm not a teacher. Please feel free to correct me. :)

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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think B is okay because in this condensed language, we can accept that was was omitted for brevity.
    Can we see version B as the situation where they were was omitted for brevity?
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    Re: than they were originally published

    They are published together in a shorter form than (the form) originally published.

    I think we are comparing two forms rather than comparing the shorter form and 'They'.
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    They are published together in a shorter form than (the form) originally published.

    I think we are comparing two forms rather than comparing the shorter form and 'They'.
    So can we see version B as the situation where it was was omitted for brevity?

    But in the original sentence it says they are published together in a shorter form than they were originally published . (not it)

    Why not 'They are published together in a shorter form than (they were) originally published.'?
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    So if I write ''They are published together in a shorter form than was originally published', is it acceptable?'
    It's okay.
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    Re: than they were originally published

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    But in the original sentence it says they are published together in a shorter form than they were originally published .
    They are published together in a shorter form than the form they were originally published in.
    That's how I understand the original sentence.
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