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In formal writing such as a reference, can an initial subject defining sentence imply the subject to several sentences thereafter?

This would normally be written using an introductory clause followed by a colon, then a semicolon-separated list of clauses. [Person's name] has always been a loving presence in my life, by: making ...
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"Ask questions of the past raised" or "Ask the past the questions raised"?

Yes, it can be paraphrased as such, although I would leave out the article before "questions", since that implies it is an exhaustive list of questions, and not just some of them. We can't ...
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