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The words former and latter refer to twoitems.

The engineer and the technician immediately began to fixthe mechanism, the former checking the valvereadings while the latter began opening thehousing.

These terms require the reader to identifywhat they refer to, however, and thus should be used with care. If in doubt, revise to name the items referred to.

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