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In a house where the TV is not watched, blessings multiply, angels enter and Satan leaves. Whereas a house in which the TV is watched becomes devoid of blessings, angels leave and is ravaged by Satan.

I think the ending of the last sentence is incorrect (….is ravaged by Satan.) Also, is it correct to begin the sentence with ‘whereas’? Please can you help me word the second sentence correctly.

I have not written ‘it is ravaged by Satan’ because when written like this: Whereas a house in which the TV is watched is ravaged by Satan, ‘it’ does not work.

  • ...whereas a house... angels leave is ungrammatical. You'd need to say "angels leave it and it is ravaged". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 11 '16 at 10:43
  • But that would constitute a new independent clause. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 11 '16 at 10:49
  • 'But that would constitute a new independent clause' how would I write it then? Thank you. – steppingstones Oct 12 '16 at 10:54
  • You have to decide whether you want house to be the subject of the verb (a house...becomes) or the object of a preposition (in a house where...) What can be said after that will be determined by the choice you have made. We cannot say "A tree that is watered will grow, birds sing..." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 12 '16 at 11:00
  • But we can say "A tree that is watered will grow and birds will nest in it and people will sit in its shade". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 12 '16 at 11:08
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I'll answer the whereas question first. I would either:

  • Remove the first period and use a comma before whereas, or
  • Use a different clause at the start of the second sentence, and set it off with a comma (such as "On the other hand," or "In contrast,")

As for dealing with the second sentence, it loses some of the parallelism of the first. The first sentence has a nice trio of nouns and verbs:

...blessings multiply, angels enter and Satan leaves.

In contrast, the second is all in a jumble. I'd use a dash and do some wordsmithing:

A house in which TV is watched becomes devoid of blessings – angels leave and the house is ravaged by Satan.


Incidentally, that's a rather grim view of television. I'm not even a fan of television, but I must mention in a footnote that I disagree with the dire theology of the original text.

  • Could I write it like this as well? A house in which TV is watched becomes devoid of blessings, angels leave, and the house is ravaged by Satan. – steppingstones Oct 12 '16 at 10:57
  • I would rather not use a dash – steppingstones Oct 12 '16 at 11:10
  • @steppingstones - You can write it however you want to write it – after all, you're the author. But why avoid a dash? With a comma, the sentence looks poorly structured; with a dash, the part after the dash emphasizes the preceding material. – J.R. Oct 12 '16 at 17:34
  • You're right. I just wanted both sentences to have the same structure. That shouldn't be my priority. – steppingstones Oct 14 '16 at 9:39
  • @steppingstones - RE: I just wanted both sentences to have the same structure Why didn't you say that in your question?? – J.R. Oct 14 '16 at 18:08

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