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Would someone help me figure out why this sentence sounds off, and help me rewrite it?

We're talking about a group of people so deeply-rooted in and so appreciative of their ancient past, yet advancing rapidly into the future.

In the first half of the sentence

We're talking about a group of people so deeply-rooted in and so appreciative of their ancient past

I try to use the style of omitting 'the relative pronoun + the verb be' construct (who are).

Yet a challenge arises in the second half of the sentence.

. . . , yet advancing rapidly into the future.

I am trying to create a parallelism effect, but when I omit "who are" in the second half of the sentence, it sounds off for a reason I can't put my fingers on. And if I write "yet who are advancing . . . ", it still sounds very awkward because the first half of the sentence omits "who are."

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I think the "so" is off in your example. "So" is usually followed by "that":

  • I was so tired from running constantly that I had to stop to catch a breath.

  • The alien technology is so advanced that we can't even begin to understand it.

Your sentence looks better with the "so" removed:

We're talking about a group of people deeply-rooted in and appreciative of their ancient past, yet advancing rapidly into the future.

Or with something added in:

We're talking about a group of people so deeply-rooted in and so appreciative of their ancient past that it's hard to imagine them letting it go, yet we're seeing them advancing rapidly into the future.

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