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Does this sentence make sense with regard to the way I chose to use my words. The longer I look at it the more it seems incorrect.

"Reverend Parris, Deputy Governor Danforth, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams are four of the more prominent examples of characters who adhere to the benefit their self."

I appreciate any help!
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Hi,

Does this sentence make sense with regard to the way I chose to use my words. The longer I look at it the more it seems incorrect.

"Reverend Parris, Deputy Governor Danforth, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams are four of the more prominent examples of characters who adhere to the benefit their self."

'Adhere' does not seem to me to offer a clear, easily understood meaning here. If you mean 'support', it would be better to simply say 'support'.

You need to say 'themselves', as the word relates to the plural 'characters'.

When you say 'characters', it sounds like these people are fictitious, part of a novel. That's OK, as long as that is the case.

Best wishes, Clive
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How about:

"Reverend Parris, Deputy Governor Danforth, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams are four of the more prominent examples of characters who advocate personal interest."

does that sound right?
Hi,

How about:

"Reverend Parris, Deputy Governor Danforth, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams are four of the more prominent examples of characters who advocate personal interest."


does that sound right?

Yes, that sounds better.

I guess you know that 'advocate' suggests 'speak out in favour of'. It doesn't just mean 'believe in' or 'seek'.

Personally, I would never write this with a comma after 'Warren'. To tell you the truth, the only place I seem to encounter that comma usage is on this Forum. Emotion: smile

Clive