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Hi all

Does this sound natural?

Democracy is an aspiration that we have always worked towards with perseverance.

Thank you

PBF
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Yes, it sounds OK to me.
I'm not sure that an aspiration is something you can work towards.

I worked towards the aspiration of ... sounds odd to my ear.

I'd substitute goal for aspiration. You can certainly work towards a goal.

CJ
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CalifJimI'm not sure that an aspiration is something you can work towards.

I agree. I read it that democracy is the thing you're working towards. Whether that's a strictly logical interpretation of the words is another matter!
So you would prefer something like

Democracy is an aspiration, and we have always worked towards it with perseverance.

(it would refer to "democracy".)

Is that what you're saying? That makes sense, too.

CJ
CalifJimSo you would prefer something like

Democracy is an aspiration, and we have always worked towards it with perseverance.

(it would refer to "democracy".)

Is that what you're saying? That makes sense, too


Well, that would be another way of course, but that's not specifically what I meant. I just meant that when I read PBF's sentence I automatically associated "working towards" with "democracy" rather than "aspiration", which isn't strictly what the sentence says, so on that basis I agree with your objection.
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Thanks for all of your replies.

Yes. I meant to say that democracy is something people work towards.

So am I correct that 'that' always refer to the word right before it?

Thank you again

PBF
PeaceblinkfriendSo am I correct that 'that' always refer to the word right before it?
Maybe not "always", but almost always. Emotion: smile

CJ
Thanks for the follow-up CJ.

Just wondering. '...that..' can only refer to a noun phrase right? I mean it can't be used as a reference to 'democracy is an aspiration' right?

Thank you again

PBF
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