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  1. angliholic's Avatar
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    Smile be traced back to her grandmother

    Anne's ability to sing well can be traced back to her grandmother who was a talented singer.
    Anne's ability to sing well can trace back to her grandmother ...


    Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same? Thanks.

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    Re: be traced back to her grandmother

    As a native speaker I'd be more likely to use be traced back, but either would be understood.

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    Re: be traced back to her grandmother

    Quote Originally Posted by oregeezer View Post
    As a native speaker I'd be more likely to use be traced back, but either would be understood.
    Thanks, oregeezer.
    What about the following? Does it sound right and convey a similar idea to the first sample?

    Anne's ability to sing well can date back to her grandmother ...

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