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Not really.

Word order is very important in English, both for sense and clarity. The second sentence still makes technical sense, but the position of "is" impedes clarity. The verb would generally go after an intervening structure like "often children or students and employees", otherwise you end up with a sentence which seems to link, at first sight, the verb "to be" with this intervening phrase.
Thanks for your kind answer...

This will be the last question.

A Korean English teacher made a following cloze question.

"___ ____ the expectation placed on people is, often children or students and employees, ____ ___ they perform."

Here I find it almost impossible for Korean highschool students to guess that this is a sentence with "the compartive" forms, because as you said, "often children or students and employees" is located not in its desirable and understandable place, but in a place where it impedes the clarity of the sentence itself. And among the hints you get from this sentence is the "often children or students and employees" which, at most, impedes the clarity of the sentence in its awkward postion.

And I even heard from the native speaker who supported the Korean teacher that she had a problem solving the question herself at first, but later when she heard the right answer, she had no problem with that sentence. The point I am trying to make through to you is two native speakers who tried to solve the question, actually failed at first, and then later when they heard the answer, they said that the sentence is OK. Even I can say that I understand the sentence (even though it is very awkward) after I am informed of the the answers, but not beofore, because of the reason I already mentioned above.

So if you have any comment you want to make about the situation I experienced here in Korea, I am all ears.

Thank you.
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The following are three sentences I already asked you about their grammaticality.

1. The greater the expectation placed upon people, often children or students and employees, is, the better they perform.

2. The greater the expectation placed upon people is, often children or students and employees, the better they perform.

3. The greater the expectation placed upon people, often children or students and employees, the better they perform.

But I don't think I had a satisfactory answer from anyone.

There were two people who answered last time and both of them said those three are all grammatically correct, even though they recommended No.3 as the best sentence. When I said that actually there is no No.2 sentene structure used on the web, one of them said "No.2 sentence structre is not really used, but it still makes techinical sense."

At this point, I want to know how No.2 sentence makes a technical sense. I need an explanation. Does it mean that it is grammatically right, so even though no one actually uses it now, you can still use it?

Then can I use that sentence to make a cloze test like the following?

"___ ____ the expectation placed upon people is, often children or students and employees, ____ ___ the better they perform."

The reason why I seem to be obssessed with this question is that I believe it's wrong to make a question like the one above based on a sentence structure that is never used and not recommended by anyone even though it could still make a technical sense.

And now I am aksing how it still makes a technical sense. And when you say "a technical sense", exactly what do you mean by that? I want to know...

Please let me be informed of it properly.

Thank you

An English teacher from Korea
I have joined your two threads to allow all readers the benefit of the discussion to date.

The reason why I seem to be obssessed with this question is that I believe it's wrong to make a question like the one above based on a sentence structure that is never used and not recommended by anyone even though it could still make a technical sense.
I agree.
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Thank you for your support, Mr. Micawber.
Mister Micawber,

Actually some mention from Michael321 is missed.

If you get the missing mention back, I would be really appreciative.

If I knew how, I would, but I don't know how.

Thank you very much.
If it is not there, it was deleted earlier, sorry. All I did was join the two extant threads; nothing could be lost in that process.
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Mister Micawber,

I still find the missing part on page in this forum. I will leave the web address here. That's all I can do, because I don't know how to thread two seperate pages. Here is the address.

http://www.EnglishForward.com/English/WhichGrammaticallyRight/pqvxm/post.htm#1332845

If you can, would you thread the page so that people can see the missed part?

Thank you very much.
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