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Hi

a) The agreement established diplomatic relations between the USA and Vietnam.

b) The agreement followed long negotiations.

If I wanted to join these two, would it be OK to say: The agreement which followed long negotiations established diplomatic relations between the USA and Vietnam.

Does it say that when they already reached the agreement they started to negotiate for a long time, or that first they negotiated and then reached the agreement?
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<< The agreement which followed long negotiations established diplomatic relations between the USA and Vietnam. >>

Hi, Newguest,

Your connection is fine, except that the relative clause should be set off, making it non-restrictive. As a restrictive clause, you're saying that there were several agreements involved, but only the one immediately preceding the agreement established diplomatic relations.

<< Does it say that when they already reached the agreement they started to negotiate for a long time, or that first they negotiated and then reached the agreement? >>
The latter.

Best regards, - A.

Edit. In the expression "immediately preceding," immediately means in terms of the list of negotiations, and is not used temporally.
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Hi

So it should be: The agreement, which followed long negotiations, established ...

So the agreement follows from long negotiations and not the other way round (long negotiations don't follow from the agreement reached).

Thanks
My poor brain is not yet up to speed. I corrected an error, but not in time. Try this:

<< The agreement which followed long negotiations established diplomatic relations between the USA and Vietnam. >>

Hi, Newguest,

Your connection is fine, except that the relative clause should be set off, making it non-restrictive. As a restrictive clause, you're saying that there were several agreements involved, but only the one immediately following the long negotiations established diplomatic relations.

<< Does it say that when they already reached the agreement they started to negotiate for a long time, or that first they negotiated and then reached the agreement? >>
The latter.

Best regards, - A.

Edit. In the expression "immediately following," immediately means in terms of the list of agreements, and is not used temporally. That is, the "last" agreement may have been made some considerable time after the negotiations.

<< So it should be: The agreement, which followed long negotiations, established ...



So the agreement follows from long negotiations and not the other way round (long negotiations don't follow from the agreement reached). >>

Yes. You have it right.
Thanks Avangi.
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