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Should 'The new student' be used in the subordinate clause or the main clause? Talented as the new student is, he is not able to work out the question. This sentence should be written like this, 'Talented as he is, the new student is not able to work out the question.' Do you think so? Thank you!
Sep 25, 2012 10:50 PM
Answers · 6
Both versions are fine. It's a matter of style!
September 25, 2012
Both sentences are equal in meaning. Both are somewhat clumsy. the words "work out" are ambiguous. Do you mean "understand the question" or "answer the question" ? Assuming that you are talking about a student "answering" a question, I would more likely write. Talented as the new student is, he cannot answer the question Talented as he is, the new student cannot answer the question Or even The talented new student cannot answer the question. ( But this leaves out the information that the student is male).
September 25, 2012
AS SMART as the new student is, he is not able to ANSWER the question. AS CLEVER as the new student is, he is not able to FIGURE OUT the problem. AS TALENTED as the new student is, the one talent he doesn't have is the ability to make friends easily. And as the yin-yang guy says, it's a matter of style where you want to put "the new student."
September 26, 2012
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