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    Question In order to

    'In order to look "respectable", many people feel that they should dress conservatively.'

    This sentence is taken from a book for translators (let's put aside the context and why this sentence was presented). I find this sentence not necessarily correct because the standard cause-and-effect is not followed and it seems that "people feel in order to look 'respectable'". Of course this is not the meaning the sentence is to carry. But (there are so many buts in English!) is it correct in informal usage? I believe most would understand it, but does it sound well and natural?

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    Nyggus

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    Re: In order to

    It is pefectly correct. It could be paraphrased as; 'Many people feel that in order to look respectable, they should dress conservatively.'

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    Re: In order to

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It is pefectly correct. It could be paraphrased as; 'Many people feel that in order to look respectable, they should dress conservatively.'
    Yes, this revised sentence looks exactly how I would rewrite the original one. It's good to know, however, that the original is correct too. Thanks.

    Nyggus

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