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    princesabharwal is offline Junior Member
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    hi,

    she went to get suits tailored for her and for her mother in law. she didnt pay for her mother in law, she is very small minded.

    Please let me know if there is any error in this sentence and also the sentence structure

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    she went to get suits tailored for her and for her mother in law. she didnt pay for her mother in law, she is very small minded.

    > Upper-case S to start the sentence
    > she got suits for herSELF
    > hyphens between the words of "mother-in-law"
    > Upper case S to start the second sentence
    > apostrophe for the contraction "didn't"
    > hyphenate "small-minded"
    > delete the stale and overused word "very." It isn't adding a thing.


    > I think that the connection between "she didn't pay" and being "small-minded" can be made clearer by adding "that way."
    She is small-minded that way

    > I think you have to add "suits" after "mother-in-law" because of course you can't buy a mother-in-law. She didn't pay for her mother-in-law's SUITS.
    > Alternately, you could say "She didn't pay her mother-in-law's BILL"

    > I think "went to get" is not as good as "got"
    - "She got suits tailored for herself and her mother-in-law

    > The last sentence is incorrectly punctuated. As it is now, it is a run-on sentence (also called a "comma splice.")

    Repair it in one of three ways:

    1) Make the sentences into two separate sentences by putting a period after "mother-in-law." Then begin the next sentence with an upper-case S
    - She didn't pay for her mother-in-law's suits. She is always small-minded.

    2) Replace the comma with a semicolon
    - She didn't pay for her mother-in-law's suits; she is quite small-minded.

    3) Add a conjunction between the sentences to convert them into clauses:
    - She didn't pay for her mother-in-law's suits because she is small-minded that way.


    - She got suits tailored for herself and her mother-in-law, but she didn't pay her mother-in-law's bill. She's often small-minded that way.

    - She got suits tailored for herself and her mother-in-law. She didn't pay for her mother-in-law's suits because she is small-minded that way.




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