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siliconfish

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Sir,

I need help with the following :

[FONT=&quot]Inspired by my uncle, a marine engineer and his globetrotting experience, I studied Mechanical Engineering to pursue the same.

In the above sentence, does the "same" refer to "[/FONT][FONT=&quot]globetrotting experience" and is this sentence grammatically correct?

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Srini
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emsr2d2

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Sir,

I need help with the following :

[FONT=&quot]Inspired by my uncle, a marine engineer and his globetrotting experience, I studied Mechanical Engineering to pursue the same.

In the above sentence, does the "same" refer to "[/FONT][FONT=&quot]globetrotting experience" and is this sentence grammatically correct?

Thanks
Srini
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It's not very clear, but I would say that the writer must have meant the "globetrotting experience". He studied Mechanical Engineering, not Marine Engineering, so he is not pursuing the "same" career, so I guess he's pursuing the "same" experience.
 

Raymott

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Sir,

I need help with the following :

[FONT=&quot]Inspired by my uncle, a marine engineer and his globetrotting experience, I studied Mechanical Engineering to pursue the same.

In the above sentence, does the "same" refer to "[/FONT][FONT=&quot]globetrotting experience" and is this sentence grammatically correct?

Thanks
Srini
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There should be a comma after 'engineer'.
That's a lot of commas but they're all necessary.

Here's an alternative:
[FONT=&quot]Inspired by my uncle, a marine engineer and globetrotter, I studied Mechanical Engineering to pursue the same experience.
Otherwise:[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
Inspired by my uncle, a marine engineer, and by his globetrotting experience, ...


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