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1) They don't suppress free speech, unlike what is going on in our country.
2) They don't suppress free speech, like what is going on in our country.

3) They don't suppress free speech unlike what is going on in our country.
4) They don't suppress free speech like what is going on in our country.

Which are grammatical, and correctly punctuated and logical?

I heard something like '4' in a video I received. I can't post it.

I don't like any of them, personally. I think they are all ungrammatical. If I had to choose I'd choose '1'.

Gratefully,
Navi

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Hi, Navi,

@navi posted:

1) They don't suppress free speech, unlike what is going on in our country.
2) They don't suppress free speech, like what is going on in our country.

3) They don't suppress free speech unlike what is going on in our country.
4) They don't suppress free speech like what is going on in our country.

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I don't like any of them, personally. I think they are all ungrammatical. If I had to choose I'd choose '1'.

I agree with you that (1) sounds fine. "unlike what is going on in our country" is a comment clause, or a sentence adverbial, correctly set off by a comma, which — unlike the "like"-clause — can be fronted:

1a. Unlike what is going on in our country (where they suppress free speech), they don't suppress free speech here.

A "like"-clause in end position can work as an adverbial of manner or comparison:

5) (Here) They don't suppress free speech like they do in our country. (This is, in my opinion, a better way of expressing (4).)

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