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I have found A,B,and C through Google books. I am wondering if I have correctly rephrased them? Would you please correct me? especially B and A.

"Is my rephrasing grammatically sound?

A. The last competitor to finish took more than 2 hours.

B. She was a good student, finishing in half the time it took the others to finish.

C. What normally took me a week to finish took three months.

Revised A. To finish took the last competitor more than 2 hours.

Revised B. ...finishing in half the time to finish took the others.

Revised C. It took three months to finish what normally too me a week.

Thanks

  • A sounds off, B sounds wrong, C sounds OK, excepting the typo (too->took). – Scimonster Jun 13 '15 at 20:37
  • It would help to know what you mean by "correctly rephrased." Do you mean, "Am I interpreting the original sentence correctly?" Or do you mean, "Is my rephrasing grammatically sound?" Your question could mean either one, but the answers won't necessarily be the same – you can get one part right and the other part wrong. – J.R. Jun 13 '15 at 22:22
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    A) It took the last competitor more than 2 hours to finish. (Sander's version is also fine) B) She was a good student, finishing in half the time the others took to finish. (same as Sander's fix) C) It took (me) three months to finish what normally took (me) a week. – Damkerng T. Jun 14 '15 at 7:59
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Sentence A definitely sounds odd. It is not at all idiomatic. I would rephrase it to:

It took the last the last competitor to finish more than 2 hours.

The to finish modifies the last competitor, not took. In this sentence it does not imply a difference in meaning, though in other cases it might. However, because it is this competitor that is being modified and not the verb, it needs to stick to the competitor and you cannot place the phrase to finish in initial position (at the start of your sentence).

Sentence B also sounds really odd. You should rephrase it like so:

...finishing in half the time the others took to finish.

Still, the original sentence is more idiomatic than this rephrased version.

Sentence C sounds alright, except for the typo.

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