[Grammar] America is known as the land of opportunity,

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Is the following sentence correct?

America is known as the land of opportunity, where one could achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter who they are.
 

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It's grammatically correct.
 

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I agree with Piscean. I found the combination of "America is" and "could" unnatural.

I'd use either "is" then "can", or "was" then "could". Given that, to a certain extent, this belief still holds true, I'd go with "is" and "can".
 

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I'm not overly keen on the use of 'one' with 'they'.


To continue with 'one' would create a rather stuffy sounding sentence, such as '...where one can achieve anything one puts one's mind to, no matter who one is.'


The impersonal 'you' would work better for me. 'America is known as the land of opportunity, where you can achieve anything you put your mind to, no matter who you are.'
 
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I'd use either "is" then "can", or "was" then "could".
But, we can use "may , might, will and could" for future prediction, can't we?
Eating unhealthy food could result in some disease.
 
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But, we can use "may , might, will and could" for future prediction, can't we?
Eating unhealthy food could result in some disease.

Yes, you can. It doesn't work in your original sentence though.
 
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