straddle between blank and blank...and pragmatism?

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french_kiss

Senior Member
English - USA
Hi guys!
I was writing a paper concerning Yannis Dragasakis and Syriza in Greece, and I found myself writing a sentence that seemed a bit off.

Here it is:
Yannis Dragasakis has worked hard to straddle between the socialist tendencies that characterized his political career and the pragmatism that forces him to understand why he must adapt his policies for the better of the country.

So, my first question about this sentence is the use of the expression "straddle between...and...." because I am trying to demonstrate two opposing parts of him: one that wants to be socialist, and the other that realizes that he has to change for the betterment of the country. I know to use the word straddle, but I don't think this is right.

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To be honest, I'm kind of embarrassed as a native English speaker to be having this much trouble. Thank you for your help!
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    "Straddle between" sounds odd to me. We straddle two things; we don't straddle between them. I think you need to choose one or the other.
     

    french_kiss

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Thank you! So, if I was trying to rewrite this as simply straddle, would I say:
    Yannis Dragasakis has worked hard to straddle the socialist tendencies that characterized his political career and the pragmatism .....?
     
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