Hi,
could u please help me?

a-My remarks about his failure to reach an agreement are known by everybody.

b-My remarks that he failed to reach an agreement are known by everybody.

1)Can i write that sentence in the way above -b- without any difference in meaning?
2) should i put a preposition before 'That' in the second sentence 'b'.

Thanks
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a) "remarks about" is indirect: you're saying you made comments about that; "about" introduces indirectness

b) "remarks that" is direct: this is a direct quote from yourself, you repeat what you have already said

NOT the same thing.
No extra preposition in b) is required or recommended.
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b) direct: this is a direct quote from yourself, you repeat what you have already said


If so, Could there be problem in meaning?..Because i used 'my remarks' as a plural , but that he failed to reach an agreement is one remark.
Thanks.
Yes, in b) the singular "My remark ... is known" is what's recommended, IMO, as you're talking about one thing/comment only.

However, I'd have no problems with the plural, for the simple reason that a remark is made up of several words.
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quote:
a-My remarks about his failure to reach an agreement are known by everybody.

b-My remarks that he failed to reach an agreement are known by everybody.

1)Can i write that sentence in the way above -b- without any difference in meaning?
2) should i put a preposition before 'That' in the second sentence 'b'.

Sentence a is fine just as it is. And the reason you can keep remarks plural is that the person could have said various things at different times about the other person's failure.

Sentence b, however, needs some tweaks. There is a slight difference in this sentence, namely because by using that, you've set up an appositive, a non-restrictive clause. For that reason, you should make remarks singular since you're describing just one thing the person said, and place commas before and after the appositive, so the sentence looks like this:

My remark, that he failed to reach an agreement, is known by everybody.
Richard said:

quote:
My remark, that he failed to reach an agreement, is known by everybody.


I think that the version without commas works too. We can have restrictive apposition too, can't we, Richard?

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Similarly, in [4] the definer [appositive] is that he couldn't see the car:

/The explanation/ that he couldn't see the car/ is unsatisfactory. [4]

[partial + weak apposition]

Quirk, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, p. 1305
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uses no commas and seems quite similar to what we have here.

I put slashes around the two appositives for the OP to distinguish them easier.
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Yep, that's true, Jer. I wanted to point out to Soguksu how there can be a slight difference in meaning since he asked about that. With the non-restrictive clause, we can see that.

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