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Hi,

Which one of the following sentences read better? I know the third one is not correct grammatically, but many native speakers use it anyway.

1. This analysis contrasts Australian economic fundamentals with US economic fundamentals.

2. This analysis contrasts Australian economic fundamentals with that of the

Thanks,

MG.
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Hi MG,

With #2, you need "those" instead of "that" because "fundamentals" is plural.

I prefer #2, as corrected, because it's less repetitive. In speech, someone may say #3, but don't use it in writing. In speech, you don't notice that you just compared the fundamentals of one thing with an entire country, not with that second country's fundamentals, but you sure would in writing.

-- Barbara
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The first one is obviously correct but the repetition sounds weird. The second one is incorrect. The third one is grammaticaly correct but semanticaly not really.

The second one should read:

This analysis contrasts Australian economic fundamentals with those of the US. (or better yet USA)

And that would sound best to my ear, though I'm not a native speaker.
Thanks a lot folks.