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Acceptability of English Sentence

Date Submitted: 01-Dec-2010
From: Lieke van Maastricht
Subject: Acceptability of English Sentence
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Institution/Organization: University of Groningen

Notice: Dear all,

I am looking for a native speaker of English who can judge the following sentence for me:

(1) "The war is over", thus the president.

Even if it sounds archaic, is it acceptable?

Best wishes,

Lieke van Maastricht