The sentence in question is:

It is highly improbable that a typical user would understand all the potentially invasive ways in which their data could be manipulated, and their autonomy compromised.

The alternate way of writing this would be to say 'and their autonomy could be compromised'. Stylistically, I prefer the shorter version but I'm unsure as to whether grammatically it is correct.


The shorter version is fine, but leave out the comma—to make it clear that "could be" applies both to "manipulated" and to "compromised".

  • It certainly is fine; I think it's more elegant to leave out the second "could". – Margana Jun 6 '15 at 11:42

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