as <it was><was><> pointed out in post #777

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

Someone pointed out in post #777 that the simple past was correct. Someone else is referring to that post and says one of the sentences below.

Sample sentences:

1. The simple past is correct, as it was pointed out in post #777.

2. The simple past is correct, as was pointed out in post #777.

3. The simple past is correct, as pointed out in post #777.

Question:

Are all three versions acceptable? I'm wondering about the bolded parts.


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree that the addition of “it” is entirely unnecessary, but “as [was] pointed out in…” is fine. Personally, I wouldn’t include “was”.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I vote for (2).

    The word "as" is peculiar - it does strange things to syntax...
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I’m evidently in the minority here, but I’m surprised. I see it just as a typical intentional omission, as in reduced relative clauses and all that.

    The simple past is correct, as [was / has already been] pointed out in post #777.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The comma seems to plays a big role. Without it, the meaning is:

    The simple past is correct in the way in which it was pointed out in post #777.
    The simple past is correct as it was pointed out in post #777.
    The simple past is correct as pointed out in post #777.
     
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