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Nystul (2006) suggested that the first step to solve an ethical dilemma is to identify what ethical questions are involved in the case.

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Nystul suggested that the first step to solve an ethical dilemma is to identify what ethical questions are involved in the case.
asked Jan 01 at 00:06 Vincent rodriquez New member

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the Nothing is really wrong with the sentence, but here are some thoughts anyway:

 

"what ethical questions" or "which ethical questions" -- generally, either is grammatically correct here. However, "what" implies the choice is open-ended while "which" implies a choice between a finite number of options. Since there are not an infinite number of issues, to my ear "which" feels/sounds better.

 

"in the case" is not really needed here. The sentence meaning does not change if the phrase were to be deleted ... and the sentence would be tighter.

 

Technically, you should use the present tense -- Nystul suggests -- when reporting on the writing of others. This is called the "literary present tense" and is used because writing is considered to exist in the eternal present (even if the words were put to paper in the past). So Nystul wrote in 2006 (past tense) but in that writing he argues that ... (present tense).

 

You might also wish to reorder the sentence to make it more powerful.

 

To solve an ethical dilemma, Nystul (2006) suggests first identifying the ethical issues involved.

link comment answered Jan 01 at 18:45 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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