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    Question A sentence

    "[...] we can say that in spite of its multifaceted nature, translation theories can be at least divided roughly into two classes: those which describe either the phenomenon and the mechanics of translation or those which prescribe rules to be followed."

    In this sentence, I don't like two things:
    1. "its" refers to translation, but a subject of in the following clause is "theories". Is it correct?
    2. The use of "either", where the writer used "and" instead of "or". Is it fine?

    Thanks,
    Nyggus


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    Re: A sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "[...] we can say that in spite of its multifaceted nature, translation theories can be at least divided roughly into two classes: those which describe either the phenomenon and the mechanics of translation or those which prescribe rules to be followed."

    In this sentence, I don't like two things:
    1. "its" refers to translation, but a subject of in the following clause is "theories". Is it correct? Yes
    2. The use of "either", where the writer used "and" instead of "or". Is it fine? I take it you are referring to the highlighted section, in which case it is fine as both the phenomenon and the mechanics of translation are cited.

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
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