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    textbokks are "they" or "it"?

    is this sentence correct?

    "compared to textbooks, that take years to be written and published"

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    Re: textbokks are "they" or "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by falfuly View Post
    is this sentence correct?

    "compared to textbooks, that take years to be written and published"
    Falfuly,
    "Compared to textbooks that take years to be written and published, the Houghton-Mifflin books are exceptionall!"

    Leave out your comma!

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    Re: textbokks are "they" or "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Falfuly,
    "Compared to textbooks that take years to be written and published, the Houghton-Mifflin books are exceptionall!"

    Leave out your comma!

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    That's not exactly a comparison.
    "Compared to textbooks that take years to be written and published, a newspaper appears overnight."
    In fact, I think a comma with "which" makes a more cohesive sentence.
    "Compared to textbooks, which take years to be written and published, a newspaper appears overnight."


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    Re: textbokks are "they" or "it"?

    this is the full context:

    Nowadays, ideas can be spread world-wide at the same day that they were thought of, using blogs and other internet technologies (compared to textbooks, that take years to be written and published)

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    Re: textbokks are "they" or "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by falfuly View Post
    this is the full context:

    Nowadays, ideas can be spread world-wide at the same day that they were thought of, using blogs and other internet technologies (compared to textbooks, that take years to be written and published)
    If you mean all textbooks, you need to use "which".
    If you only mean some, you need to remove the comma. (as per the above posts).

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