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How to clarify and simplify this phrase:
the ever-increasing divide between the rich and the poor and the ever-increasing divide between the urban and rural areas and the low transparency and inefficiency of government department
It would be very nice if you could provide me with some rules or experience about clarifying and simplifying such phrases.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by enydia; 24-Sep-2008 at 12:47.
That clause needs something: you could shorten it by saying 'as well as the one between...' or 'as well as that between' (where 'that' is a demonstrative pronoun, unlike the first word of this post, which is a demonstrative adjective). Or you could rework the first two clauses like this:
'The ever-increasing divideS between the rich and the poor on one hand, and between the urban and rural areas on the other hand...'
Last edited by BobK; 24-Sep-2008 at 14:57. Reason: tweaked format
Thank you very much, Teachers.
I saw someone omit the second 'the' in 'gap between the rich and the poor', ie 'gap between the rich and poor' or 'divide between the haves and have-nots'. Is this omission grammatical?
The ever-increasing divide between the rich and poor and those living in the urban or rural areas, coupled with the low transparency and inefficiency of government departments . . .