Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The priority is to lay down the moral base of this society: including ethical principles and political justice. It means that what we are going to seek out and construct is the “republican virtue” which is a full virtue, concerning both institutional justice and individual duty.

Here I use "it" of the second sentence to represent the whole first sentence. It is equal to "A. which means B...". Can it be used in this way?

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

No, the usage of 'it' by you doesn't make it clear that you are referring to the previous sentence.

You can use 'which', but a better choice would be to use 'this'.

The priority is to lay down the moral base of this society: including ethical principles and political justice. This means that what we are going to seek out and construct is the “republican virtue” which is a full virtue, concerning both institutional justice and individual duty.

share|improve this answer
    
Thank you very much, I have learnt a lot! –  user51369 Sep 18 '13 at 11:59

That is kind of hard for to get my mind around, as that it is pretty close to run-on sentence/thought. Can you break that down for me in a subject verb sort of way without presupposing, as referenced in Strunk&Wagners towards writing concise sentence structure. Or you just trying to get across a political view? Otherwise you can use any writing style and still communicate to the average.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks, I really appreciate your opinion. I will completely reorganize my thinking, and then rewrite it. –  user51369 Sep 19 '13 at 0:25

I can't help but picture my Freshman High School English teacher clutching her Strunk and White and saying, "Omit needless words."

It means that what we are going to seek out and construct is the “republican virtue” which is a full virtue, concerning both institutional justice and individual duty.

I would replace "It means that" with "As such." You could also use "Therefore" or "Consequently" in the same way.

As such, what we are going to seek out and construct is ...

I would also reorganize the sentence so that it is active rather than passive.

As such, we will seek out and construct the "Republican virtue" ...

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.