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What is the grammar terminology for "many of them volunteers"? Thanks. Options
Lingo
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:18:07 AM
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More than 2,500 firefighters, many of them volunteers, were battling the fires.

1)What is this kind of grammar pattern,"many of them volunteers" called?

2) How to make it into a full sentence in this context?

More than 2,500 firefighters, many of whom were volunteers, were battling the fires.

or

More than 2,500 firefighters, many of them were volunteers, were battling the fires.

Any other ways?


Thanks a lot.

Best wishes.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:22:59 AM

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That "many of whom..." sounds better.
Lingo
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 7:25:26 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
That "many of whom..." sounds better.



Thanks.

And what is the grammar terminology for this kind of grammar pattern?
James Morris
Posted: Thursday, December 28, 2017 8:50:33 AM
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",many of them volunteers," because you used commas, is a nonrestrictive or nonessential phrase modifying firefighters."
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