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    #1

    Is the sentence correct?

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask if the following sentence is correct:

    A good technical translator should know not only a foreign language but the subject areas as well, so my friend spends a lot of time studying fields he makes translations in.

    The part I'm not sure of is "he makes translation in". Should it be "in which he makes translations"? Or both options are correct?

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Either is OK.


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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask if the following sentence is correct:

    A good technical translator should know not only a foreign language but the subject areas as well, so my friend spends a lot of time studying fields he makes translations in.

    The part I'm not sure of is "he makes translation in". Should it be "in which he makes translations"? Or both options are correct?
    I agree - it's fine.

    Some people insist on "in which he makes translations," but I don't think they're right.

    When "in" is the last word of a sentence, it's called a dangling participle. I've never seen a text that forbids it - I think it's more a superstition than a rule - but I haven't seen every text.

    Let's see what others say....

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Either is OK.

    Thank you very much, Ron.

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    Re: Is the sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I agree - it's fine.

    Some people insist on "in which he makes translations," but I don't think they're right.

    When "in" is the last word of a sentence, it's called a dangling participle. I've never seen a text that forbids it - I think it's more a superstition than a rule - but I haven't seen every text.

    Let's see what others say....

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]
    Thank you very much, Charlie.

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