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#212687 - 10/02/13 01:30 AM This [b]transforming / transformation[/b] of ...
Lionel Koh Offline
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He was a notorious gangster. After his marriage, he dissociated himself from the gang. This sudden transforming / transformation of identity surprised all his close friends and the police.

Can either bold word be used? And does "of identity" fit in the sentence?

Thanks..

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#212692 - 10/02/13 08:48 PM Re: This [b]transforming / transformation[/b] of ... [Re: Lionel Koh]
Lionel Koh Offline
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Could someone please help? Thanks.

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#212695 - 10/03/13 07:06 AM Re: This [b]transforming / transformation[/b] of ... [Re: Lionel Koh]
Faldage Offline
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I'd go with transformation. Transforming would refer to the process of changing his identity, transformation to the result.

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#212734 - 10/06/13 02:14 PM Re: This [b]transforming / transformation[/b] of ... [Re: Lionel Koh]
Hallyx Offline
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Faldage is right. And "of identity" is tautological---excess baggage, already implied.

Near the end of that sentence is a rare instance when "as well as" might work better than "and." It emphasis the object and sets up the punchline.


Edited by Hallyx (10/06/13 02:17 PM)

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#212738 - 10/06/13 07:17 PM Re: This [b]transforming / transformation[/b] of ... [Re: Lionel Koh]
Faldage Offline
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I'd leave "of identity" in. It helps clarify just what the transformation was.

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