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(1) It is possible to acquire through long experience some appreciation of the point of view of the laboratory scientist, some understanding of his methods, and the way he conceives a problem.

(2) It is possible to acquire through long experience some appreciation of the point of view of the laboratory scientist, some understanding of his methods and the way he conceives a problem.

Which sentence has the connotation that the writer might have plagiarized or taken (with or without permission) the scientist's way of discovering problems, which is of hypothesis (the one with a comma or the one without a comma after the phrase his methods)? Could you help me clarify it? Thanks.

  • I don't see what plagiarism has to do with your example. For sttylistic reasons I would not include the comma - but if you wanted to have it there I'd suggest repeating the preposition: ...some understanding of his methods, and of the way he [blah blah]. – FumbleFingers Jan 22 '18 at 15:12
  • Thank you so much for your kind answer. It helped me a lot. – DeborahJeong Jan 22 '18 at 15:23
  • It's a long (unnecessarily long, imho) sentence, and all you're really doing is repeating yourself anyway. I don't see much difference between some appreciation of his X and some understanding of his X, and in practice your three values for X (his point of view, his methods, the way he conceives a problem) effectively all refer to the same thing. On purely stylistic grounds I'd start with the most important element of what you're trying to convey (through long experience), but I think that's Off Topic "writing advice" here on ELL. – FumbleFingers Jan 22 '18 at 16:29

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