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Autor:  m rob
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Data:  28/JUL/2007 9:16 AM
Assunto:  grammar: morally constrained at
 
Mensagem: 

Could anyone tell me if the grammatical construction of this sentence is correct?

 

"No one seemed to be morally constrained at the possibility of indulging themselves in pleasures bought with illegally acquired money."

You would not change the form of the verb 'seemed' to 'seems' -  No distinction exists between 'persons' in this form of the verb (she loved / they loved)

 

I don't think the alteration of 'themselves' is correct either - where gender is not distinguished 'they / them etc' is acceptable to cover for singular forms in standard english

 

The only thing that struck me is 'constrained at' - i would use 'constrained by' - but this is personal preference and not some grammar rule

 

the sentence appears fine

 


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
grammar: morally constrained at  –  driekie  27/JUL/2007, 10:37 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  27/JUL/2007, 11:43 PM
 grammar: morally constrained at  –  m rob  28/JUL/2007, 9:16 AM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  28/JUL/2007, 2:54 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  28/JUL/2007, 2:57 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  driekie  29/JUL/2007, 5:35 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  29/JUL/2007, 6:15 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  driekie  29/JUL/2007, 8:09 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  29/JUL/2007, 8:35 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  driekie  30/JUL/2007, 12:47 PM
grammar: morally constrained at  –  PPAULO  01/AGO/2007, 10:17 PM

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