I have a problem with sentence structure, when I use 'conclusion can be reached' in this context.

I have the following sentences:

  1. When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, can be reached to conclusion that ...
  2. When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, the conclusion can be reached that ...

I am not sure, which sentence is correct?


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    The first version is not valid English. The second is "valid", but it's at least slightly odd, because it seems to suggest that although you could reach some particular conclusion, you might in fact conclude something completely different. Why not instead use A review of [whatever] concluded/concludes that...? – FumbleFingers Apr 16 '14 at 15:12

Actually, there is grammatically little difference between reaching a conclusion, or say, reaching the other side of the river.

The other side of the river can be reached by bridge.

This seems clear - however:

Can be reached the other side of the river by bridge.

Does not seem to make much sense.

In a similar way, a conclusion can be reached, but not *"can be reached a conclusion". - let alone *"can be reached to conclusion".

So your second sentence is the correct one :)

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