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Atatürk
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 4:18:15 AM
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In/over the past recent decades, psychotherapy with “hope” has drawn the attention of researchers and therapists.

Is it a good sentence?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:10:42 AM
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Personally, I find "past recent" a bit of a dichotomy. One usually refers to "past decades" or "recent decades" as two different periods. If it's a new or emerging thesis one would stick to "In recent decades....". If it's a strategy that has been around for a long time go with "In past decades."

As a stand-alone sentence I find it throws up more questions than it should - the need for therapy "with hope" leads to the conclusion that therapy, hitherto, had been undertaken with no hope. Knowing nothing about the theory, the inverted commas around the word "hope" are puzzling. They could indicate that the use of the word 'hope' indicates irony or sarcasm. If this is some sort of new thesis, why hasn't it a name - "The Hass Method"? - because there's nothing new about therapy expecting positive outcomes - that's the whole ethos behind therapy.

So, I would not class it as a "good" sentence.It doesn't actually "tell" us anything. It is, however, an adequate sentence: - we understand that it has something to do with mental illness.

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