Could anyone please tell me the sentence below is correct or not? If it's correct, then how can I write it easier way:

▪ What they (the police) appear to be powerless to do is to make people accept that they (the police) are above the law.

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Hello Toaha 

It’s correct. It’s a cleft sentence.

To simplify, I’ll try reducing the cleft sentence pattern while keeping your original wordings:

”They appear to be powerless to make people accept that they are above the law.”

Last edited by Kinto

Hi, Toaha,

If you begin with the second part, you will understand it better. "Making people accept that they are above the law is what they appear to be powerless to do."

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