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Senior Member
Indian Tamil, India
1. They lived humbly and without ostentation.
2. They lived humbly without ostentation.
Which sentence is correct and logical?
Please comment.
  • much_rice

    Senior Member
    English - American
    Ha, both are correct depending on what you mean to say. "Without ostentation" can be taken as a synonym for humble, so it's a bit redundant, but 1. still makes sense.

    2. They lived humbly without ostentation implies that there is a way to be ostentatiously humble. Many religious leaders are attacked for their ostentatious (presumably false) humility. The people in sentence 2 are, then, truly humble, not faking it. A comma turns 2. into the equivalent of 1.: They lived humbly, without ostentation.
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