, for this reason no one unknown can access.

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German / Switzerland

I'm an English teacher at a technical college. My students had to write an essay about the advantages and disadvantages of networks. One student wrote the following sentence:

The access to the system can be controlled, for this reason no one unknown can access.

Here my questions:

1) Can you use for this reason in the middle of the sentence as in the quoted sentence? I doubt it.
2) no one unknown sounds wrong to me, but I can't think of a better phrase
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    (1) It's a bit odd in that particular sentence, but grammatically there's no reason why you can't do it. You'd really need to precede it by a semi-colon rather than a comma, though.

    (2) I think "no unknown person" sounds more idiomatic, although without rewriting the sentence for your student I probably ought to add that in this context we'd more commonly say "no unauthorized person".
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