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    #1

    correct usage

    Hi,

    could you please tell me whether the highlighted text is correct or, if not, what other expressions could be used:

    The table does not mention the name of the agent. It by contrast/on the contrary/ states that there is no agent.

    I also am not sure about the word order.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka


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    #2

    Re: correct usage

    The table does not mention the name of an agent. On the contrary, it states that there is no agent.

    or

    The table does not include the name of an agent. On the contrary, it specifically states that there is no agent.

    (If "there is no agent", then the use of 'the' , as in 'the name of the agent', and so referring to some specific agent, is illogical.)

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    #3

    Re: correct usage

    I agree with David L. in splitting it up into two sentences. IN English shorter sentences are simply much less confusing. But alternatively you could also write:

    The table doesn't mention..., on the contrary, it states...

    or

    The table...; on the contrary, it states...

    But you really should at least put the two commas before and after "on the contrary".


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    Re: correct usage

    There you have it - two possibilities, giving you, the speaker, flexibility of expression whilst preserving clarity.

    Depending how much you wish to contrast the two, you use punctuation - a period, semi-colon, or comma.

    How much you wish to contrast will perhaps depend on whether there is a disagreement - the other saying the name of the agent will be included with the table - and your emphatically saying it isn't...FULL STOP...Further, it specifically states...

    or

    merely pleasantly giving this information.

    How more polite could the British be, than to stand our ground and put someone else firmly in their place with just a punctuation mark? big big
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Nov-2008 at 20:45.

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