Like Iraqis for

Discussion in 'English Only' started by semeeran, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. semeeran Senior Member

    Indian Tamil, India
    "My thoughts are with Floridians without power tonight.
    Like Iraqis for the last 14 years, Libyans for
    the last 6 and Syrians for the last 5."
    Here there are two sentences. It looks for me the second one
    is not a sentence. Please correct and commenent.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    You can put a dash after "tonight" at the end of the first line, but it is also written as you see it – creating an even longer pause because the complete thought is presented in two parts. The second half is designed to work with the first half. It's more common that you might imagine.
     
  3. semeeran Senior Member

    Indian Tamil, India
    Can I write as below?
    "My thoughts are with Floridians without power tonight - like Iraqis for the last 14 years, Libyans for
    the last 6 and Syrians for the last 5."
    Please comment. Thanks.
     
  4. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Since I suggested that in post 2, I guess I’ll say yes. :)
     
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Let me modify my answer, and your sentence, a bit:

    "My thoughts are with Floridians without power tonight – like the Iraqis for the last 14 years, Libyans for the last six and Syrians for the last five."

    If you ask me why "the Iraqis," I won't be able to tell you, except that it sounds better to me, and makes the transition more easily understandable.
     
  6. Smauler Senior Member

    Ipswich, Suffolk, England
    British English
    A comma would be better.
     
  7. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I like the drama of the – wait for it – dash. :) Especially since the second part of the sentence is so dramatically different than the first part. A comma would just be "ho hum."
     

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