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Nikitus
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 7:51:43 AM

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Hello.

First of all, thanks for all your help and time!

I have the following questions:



"The leadership course was the event that occupied most of her thoughts, because it was the first time she was selected to participate in that kind of course and also because it would be important to the competition with other candidates for the position in the Ministry of Education."



Is it grammatically correct to use "The leadership course was the event that occupied most of her thoughts"

Is it grammatically correct to use "because it was the first time she was selected to participate in that kind of course"


Is it grammatically correct to use "and also because it would be important to the competition with other candidates for the position in the Ministry of Education"


Thanks.
hedy mmm
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 10:32:05 AM

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Perfect!

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FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:23:51 AM

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It's a small point, but I would change "to the competition" to read "in the competition". She is in competition with others. The leadership course is important to her, rather than to the competition.


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hedy mmm
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:17:09 PM

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Wow, I should have picked up on it Foundit, and it's not a small point, it's definetly a large point! d'oh!
The theory 'that two heads are better than one' is right. Thank you!

Sorry Nikitus, I'll try not to steer you wrong again! Whistle
hedy

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Romany
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 12:20:59 PM
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I's sorry, but perhaps this is another BE/AE thing?

To my ear it should be "..because it was the first time she had been selected..."

Any other non AE speakers agree - or am I just expressing a personal preference?
Allana
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 3:44:34 PM

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I definitely agree, Romany.

And when did the font size get so small? I can hardly read what I'm typing.

Allana

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FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:44:31 PM

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Romany & Allana,

It may well be an AmE thing. We often use "was" in place of "had been" to convey the same meaning, particularly in the Southern part of the country. I'm not sure about hedy's area.

Allana, I find the font to be small every time I view the page, and have simply gotten into the habit of holding the "Ctrl" button and rolling the wheel to the size I want. It's almost automatic now.


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NKM
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 5:24:40 PM

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FounDit wrote:

It may well be an AmE thing. We often use "was" in place of "had been" to convey the same meaning, particularly in the Southern part of the country. I'm not sure about hedy's area.


Some folks (even in my more northerly part of the country) do indeed sometimes use "was" instead of "had been" for that purpose, but I certainly wouldn't. In fact I was going to post the suggestion that it should be "had been", until I discovered that Romany had beaten me to it.

So it's not strictly an AmE/BrE difference.

hedy mmm
Posted: Thursday, November 09, 2017 11:42:22 PM

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FounDIt wrote:
It may well be an AmE thing. We often use "was" in place of "had been" to convey the same meaning, particularly in the Southern part of the country. I'm not sure about hedy's area.


We use "was" in place of "had been" in this Northern part of the country too.
hedy



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