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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:31:11 PM
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One example would be the friendship – or potentially more-than-just-friendship – between our national swimming champ Joseph Schooling and former Malaysian swimming gold medalist.

Her name is Christina Loh — or as Joseph prefers to call her, Panda.

Rumours are going around that the two have a little something going on.

Could the second paragraph be rephrased as follows?

Her name is Christina Loh — or Panda,as Joseph prefers to call her,

Thanks!
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:33:31 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
One example would be the friendship – or potentially more-than-just-friendship – between our national swimming champ Joseph Schooling and a former Malaysian swimming gold medalist.
It appears that "a" is needed.

Her name is Christina Loh — or as Joseph prefers to call her, Panda.

Rumours are going around that the two have a little something going on.

Could the second paragraph be rephrased as follows?

Yes, but if you use a dash, I think I'd use it twice to be consistent.
Her name is Christina Loh — or Panda as Joseph prefers to call her,

Thanks!
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:39:26 AM
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FounDit wrote:
Yes, but if you use a dash, I think I'd use it twice to be consistent.
Her name is Christina Loh — or Panda as Joseph prefers to call her,

I think the second dash is wrong. It would make "or Panda" parenthetical, thus meaning that Joseph prefers to call her Christina Loh (with the further implication that "Christina Loh" means "Panda"). This is not the intended meaning.

So I would use Koh Elaine's version, with a comma instead of the second dash.
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