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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:56:44 AM
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In a letter published by TODAY, letter writer Gan Kok Tiong referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis of withdrawal trends that show that 58 per cent of those aged between 55 and 70 have withdrawn cash from their CPF savings since they turned 55.

Shouldn't it be a letter writer, Gan Kok Tiong, instead?

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:52:50 AM

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As it is written (which is a little redundant) it should be "the letter-writer".
Without the 'the' it looks like "letter-writer" is a title like 'King' or 'Prince'.

It is simply specifying him as the writer of the letter published in TODAY, not just any letter-writer.

In a letter published by TODAY, the letter writer, Gan Kok Tiong referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis of withdrawal trends that show that 58 per cent of those aged between 55 and 70 have withdrawn cash from their CPF savings since they turned 55.

The sentence could be easily streamlined:
Gan Kok Tiong, in a letter published by TODAY, referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis of withdrawal trends that show that 58 per cent of those aged between 55 and 70 have withdrawn cash from their CPF savings.

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:20:53 AM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.

In a letter published by TODAY, the letter writer, Gan Kok Tiong referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis of withdrawal trends that show that 58 per cent of those aged between 55 and 70 have withdrawn cash from their CPF savings since they turned 55.

Should there be a comma after "Tiong"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:30:40 AM

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Yes - I think you're right. I missed that one.

The first bit is an adverbial (In a letter published by TODAY)
The subject is "the letter writer"
The predicate is "referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis".

"The letter writer referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis."

"Gan Kok Tiong" is an added comment. It can have commas or parentheses.

In a letter published by TODAY, the letter writer (Gan Kok Tiong) referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis.
In a letter published by TODAY, the letter writer, Gan Kok Tiong, referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 12:29:17 PM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.
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In a letter published by TODAY, the letter writer (Gan Kok Tiong) referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis.



Is 'letter writer' really necessary or is it redundant.

In a letter published by TODAY, Gan Kok Tiong referred to Central Provident Board’s recent analysis...


Even more streamlined.



just sayin'
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 2:01:31 AM

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Yes - "letter writer" is redundant.


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