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    He disclosed the problems to his firm, a decision he said was based more on his own moral code than anything else.

    i dont understand why there's a "was" here in the first sentence.

    thanks

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    Re: was

    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    He disclosed the problems to his firm, a decision he said was based more on his own moral code than anything else.

    i dont understand why there's a "was" here in the first sentence.

    thanks

    Put the sentences in another order and you`ll understand the problem with "was" :


    He disclosed the problems to his firm and he said that a/the decision was based on his own moral code than anything else.

    ..a decision was based on his own moral codes..." - the verb is in the passive voice

    Or , :
    1. He disclosed the problems to his firm, a decision --as he said --was based more on his own moral code than anything else.
    2. He disclosed the ...., a decision that was based more on his own moral code than anything else, as he said.
    decision - subject of the sentence
    was based - verb in passive voice

    You can avoid using "was" if you want:

    He disclosed the problems to his firm, a decision based more on his own moral code than anything else, as he said.

    I hope it helps .
    Last edited by Teia; 03-Aug-2006 at 19:37.


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    Re: was

    Hello,
    Something is jarring here. Id change the sentence, either
    a) He disclosed the problems to his firm, a decision, he said, based more on his own moral code than anything else.
    I think commas are logically important here, though I am not good at English punctuation.
    or
    b)He disclosed the problems to his firm; the decision, he said, was based more on his own moral code than anything else.
    Regards

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    Re: was

    Your example b looks and sounds very good to me, Humble.

    As a matter of fact ,I believe that it is only a problem of punctuation in Mengta`s sentence. The semicolon is perfectly used here.
    That is why mengta could not understand it. Very well, Humble!
    Best wishes,
    Last edited by Teia; 03-Aug-2006 at 21:49.

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    Re: was

    You could also say 'a decision that was based'.

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