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    both view?

    Dear Friends,

    I wonder which of the following is better:

    1. His theory, which combines features of both echoic mention pretense views, is great.
    2. His theory, which combines features of both echoic mention and pretense view, is great.

    Echoic mention and pretense are particular theories, so I suppose the plural will do as well. What do you natives think?

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: both view?

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    I wonder which of the following is better:

    1. His theory, which combines features of both echoic mention pretense views, is great.
    2. His theory, which combines features of both echoic mention and pretense views, is great.

    Echoic mention and pretense are particular theories, so I suppose the plural will do as well. What do you natives think?

    Thank you.

    Palinkasocsi
    Hi Palinkasocsi,

    The second statement will be clearer for the uninitiated reader (such as myself).

    One who is not familiar with the terminology that you are using, in 1. above, may be left bewildered as to whether or not echoic mention pretense views -- as a completely new term -- not only combines the properties of echoic mention views and pretense views, but also creates other unique (and as yet undefined) attributes and considerations.


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    Re: both view?

    Hi Monticello,

    You may be right, but in 2. it might come out as if there were more pretense views. In fact, there is only one.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: both view?

    Hi Palinkasocsi,

    I see your point.

    This time, I'm assuming you to be the author of the sentence in question. So you are here, of course, the authority. My first reply is based totally on consideration of your sentence as it exists outside of any further defining context.

    Good luck with your further writing!



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    Contributors to this thread may be interested to see what posters to palinkasocsi's question said on Englishpage

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    Re: both view?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
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    Thanks for the link, David L. -Interesting reading indeed.


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    Re: both view?

    Thank you Monticello, David L.

    Monticello!

    Palinkasocsi

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