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    Query on using same adjective twice in succession

    I wondered if the following sentence is a valid grammatically:

    The limitations described above make the process less scientific and less transparent.

    If I remove the adjective 'less' before transparent it could be interpreted as limitations make the process transparent, which is contrary to what I want to convey. However, some readers may apply less to both scientific and transparent, but I am not sure. Alternatively, I could replace 'less transparent' by opaque but this doesn't sound very elegant and again there is this problem that some readers migh apply less to opaque, which again changes the meaning. Therefore, to make it more emphatic, I am inclined to use less twice. Please adivse.


    Thanks,
    Bhargav

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    Re: Query on using same adjective twice in succession

    Do. There's no problem with this repetition. (If for some reason you want to avoid it, you could paraphrase using the verb 'reduce').

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    Smile Re: Query on using same adjective twice in succession

    Many thanks. That's a really useful suggestion.

    Bhargav

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    Re: Query on using same adjective twice in succession

    Another suggestion:

    The limitations described above make the process both less scientific and transparent


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    Re: Query on using same adjective twice in succession

    Many thanks susiedqq. I think and excellent suggestion that works as well.

    Bhargav

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