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    Is This Inversion?

    Hi, Dear teachers:

    Here's a sentence :
    It's actually a moral issue, albeit the dividing line blurs of searching for data and plagiarising and it's hard to tell which side you are on.
    IF it's correct, I think it's inversion. The author put the "blurs" before the "of" .
    It's actually another way of saying the following sentence:

    It's actually a moral issue, albeit the dividing line of searching for data and plagiarising blurs and it's hard to tell which side you are on
    Am Iunderstanding it right?

    Btw, can I substitute plagiarising with plagiarism here? And are there other errors in the first sentence???

    Thanks:)
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    Re: Is This Inversion?

    Hi, Dear teachers:

    Here's a sentence :
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    It's actually a moral issue, albeit the dividing line blurs of searching for data and plagiarising and it's hard to tell which side you are on.
    IF it's correct, I think it's inversion. The author put the "blurs" before the "of" .

    No. The subject and verb are lines blur. You don't want an of between a subject and a verb.

    It's actually another way of saying the following sentence:

    Quote:
    It's actually a moral issue, albeit the dividing line of searching for data and plagiarising blurs and it's hard to tell which side you are on
    Am Iunderstanding it right? Yes. Good job!

    Btw, can I substitute plagiarising with plagiarism here? Yes. But -ing is a good choice, because it parallels the -ing in searching, and parallelism helps when you make a list or series. Not required here, though. Plagiarism is fine.

    And are there other errors in the first sentence??? I think so. Of makes no sense. I'd use between instead: ...the dividing line between searching...and plagiarizing.... Or that separates: The dividing line that separates...


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    Re: Is This Inversion?

    Thanks, Mr. Bernstein.

    My teacher(actually is also my best friend)wrote this and I guess she misused a preposition. Of--> between.

    She told me by putting blurs ahead she's using inversion. Apparantly she's wrong:)
    I'll show this thread to her:)

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    Re: Is This Inversion?

    Yes, see what your teacher says. Also, there might be other teachers here who will have helpful comments. I'm not a teacher, but I often edit copy and did tutor college writing for a few years.

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