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Squids collected from North coast ate fish, whereas this food item was absent in the stomachs of squids collected from South coast.

Is it grammatically wrong if collected is deleted from the sentence?

  • Do the squids live their whole lives in either the North or South coast? If not, collected changes the meaning. Otherwise, probably not, unless collected describes some activity mentioned elsewhere. – user3169 Jul 7 '17 at 16:28
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Yes, collected can be removed from the sentence. There are some other grammatical issues that you might want to address though. There should be a definite article before both north coast and south coast. And why is the first letter of the second squids capitalized? Your sentence should be:

Squids collected from the north coast ate fish, whereas this food item was absent in the stomachs of squids collected from the south coast.

Also, I am not sure about the tense of ate there but there isn't enough context for me to decide if it's right or not.

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