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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:43:24 PM
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Ms Lim then said, “Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s filing of this motion at this point in time is telling but premature,” adding that “The PAP gov is clearly excited about certain findings and comments contained in the High Court judgement.”


Is "adding that" used correctly in the dialogue?

Thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:08:09 PM

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I would remove "that" after "adding."

Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:41:34 AM
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Many thanks, palapaguy.

Can "and added" be used, too?
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 10:37:42 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Many thanks, palapaguy.

Can "and added" be used, too?

Could somebody please help? Looks like palapaguy isn't around.
srirr
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Ms Lim then said, “Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s filing of this motion at this point in time is telling but premature,” adding that “The PAP gov is clearly excited about certain findings and comments contained in the High Court judgement.”


Is "adding that" used correctly in the dialogue?

Thanks.


If we use 'that', the phrase should be in indirect speech. The quotation marks would be removed.

Ms Lim then said, “Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s filing of this motion at this point in time is telling but premature.” adding that the PAP gov was clearly excited about certain findings and comments contained in the High Court judgement.

There should be a period after 'premature', IMO.


Koh Elaine wrote:
Can "and added" be used, too?


Yes, it can be used.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 12:25:53 PM
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Thanks, srirr.

I don't think a full stop after "premature" is correct.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 2:14:00 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Ms Lim then said, “Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat’s filing of this motion at this point in time is telling but premature,” adding that “The PAP gov is clearly excited about certain findings and comments contained in the High Court judgement.”


Is "adding that" used correctly in the dialogue?

Thanks.


Omitting "that" would be fine, I think. There are several ways this might be said. I've seen sentences similar to this written in several forms:

"...time is telling but premature," adding, "The PAP gov..."

"...time is telling but premature," then added, "The PAP gov..."

"...time is telling but premature," but (then/quickly) added, "The PAP gov..."

Koh Elaine
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Many thanks, srirr and FounDit.
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