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English translation: three parts joined by commas

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01:43 Aug 29, 2008
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
English term or phrase: Sentence comprehension
Look at the film Beautiful Losers that Chris Green and Matt Shattuck produced: it’s all about that ethos of approaching things from the outside on multiple levels. The film gives a nod to Tom Waits by using his song “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.” Tom is a collaborator of Bob’s, Chris Green’s company, Dissident, is involved in producing this portrait project with Bob and Nike is involved in both. It is all one thing really.

What does this sentence mean?
Edward LIU
Local time: 00:53
English translation:three parts joined by commas
Explanation:
It is three somewhat separate parts joined by commas:

1. Tom is a collaborator of Bob's.
2. Chris Green's company, Dissident, is involved in producing this portrait project with Bob.
3. Nike is involved in both.

Hope this helps.
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Local time: 23:53
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sentence comprehension
three parts joined by commas


Explanation:
It is three somewhat separate parts joined by commas:

1. Tom is a collaborator of Bob's.
2. Chris Green's company, Dissident, is involved in producing this portrait project with Bob.
3. Nike is involved in both.

Hope this helps.

GoodWords
Mexico
Local time: 23:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
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Thank you very much for your assistance.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  chaman4723
2 hrs

agree  Phong Le
2 hrs

agree  Demi Ebrite: It's unclear just who 'Bob' is; I thought maybe Bob Dylan, but I could find no connection - your breakout is perfectly clear!
2 hrs
  -> Same here regarding "Bob".

agree  Ken Cox: it would be clearer with semicolons after 'Bob's' and 'Bob'.
4 hrs
  -> Quite right; the rule is that if commas are contained within the clauses (as is the case here), then they should be separated by semicolons.

agree  kmtext
5 hrs

agree  xxxVlad Shamail
5 hrs

agree  Sheila Wilson: I don't think it works at all with commas - it should be semi-colons.
6 hrs
  -> Yes, it should.

agree  BdiL: Provided today's scarce use of punctuation, seeing three commas looks like a miracle. At least a semicolon after "Bob's" would make up for a clearer sentence. Maurizio
11 hrs
  -> In fact, both commas separating the three parts should have been semicolons.

agree  Mónica Sauza
11 hrs
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Changes made by editors
Aug 29, 2008 - Changes made by Claire Chapman:
FieldSocial Sciences » Art/Literary
Field (specific)Textiles / Clothing / Fashion » Cinema, Film, TV, Drama


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