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    Is the following sentence correct?

    ....buy the dress-even if buying the dress means spending a lot of money, and risking having him yell at her.
    or is it ... risking have him yell...
    thank you for your time.

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tashagulir View Post
    ....buy the dress-even if buying the dress means spending a lot of money, and risking having him yell at her.
    or is it ... risking have him yell...
    thank you for your time.
    "risk having"

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    ....buy the dress - even if buying the dress means spending a lot of money - and risk having him yell at her.

    or:

    ....buy the dress - even if buying the dress means spending a lot of money and risking having him yell at her.

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by tashagulir View Post
    ....buy the dress-even if buying the dress means spending a lot of money, and risking having him yell at her.
    or is it ... risking have him yell...
    thank you for your time.

    ONLY A NON-TEACHER's OPINION


    (1) First, a minor point.

    Buy the dress -- even if .... (You need a dash, not a hyphen.)

    (2) I most respectfully suggest that you do need two gerunds

    (-ing words):

    It means spending and risking.

    (a) I agree that "risking having" is not too felicitous

    (not a pleasant sounding combination).

    (b) Thus, I would prefer:

    Buy the dress -- even if buying the dress means spending

    a lot of money and risking him yell at her.



    Respectfully yours,


    James


    P.S. Kindly remember that if that sentence is for a class

    lesson, you should accept a teacher's answer as the correct

    one. We non-teachers only express our opinions, which may

    be completely wrong.

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    P.S. Kindly remember that if that sentence is for a class

    lesson, you should accept a teacher's answer as the correct

    one.
    This is not always good advice, James. I sometimes give a wrong answer, and non-teachers usually give useful ones.

    Furthermore, teachers of the language who are not native English speakers cannot always be relied upon.

    Rover

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    Re: Is the following sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Furthermore, teachers of the language who are not native English speakers cannot always be relied upon.
    And sometimes even teachers of the language who are native speakers can make mistakes.

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