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I just read a New York Times article and came across this sentence (FYI: I am purely concerned about the grammar, not trying to begin any vaccination discussions!!!):

"A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, is expected to dampen economic activity, along with lower vaccination rates in some countries."


Wouldn't it be more appropriate to state:

A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, along with lower vaccination rates in some countries is expected to dampen economic activity.


The "along" in the original sentence is too far back in my opinion, for if not given by context, it could as well be dampened by restrictions.

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anonymousI am purely concerned about the grammar

Me, too. I can't tell what the writer meant.

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anonymous

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to state:

A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, along with lower vaccination rates in some countries is expected to dampen economic activity.

Yes, that might be better.

I, too, was left puzzled by the original sentence.

CJ