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    usage of "and"

    "All of these things made me feel very insecure and think it could happen to me too. "

    Do I need to put something before "think" to make it work, perhaps "made me"?

    Would that be an overkill?

    Or is it OK as it is?

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    Re: usage of "and"

    I think it's OK without made me again.

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    Re: usage of "and"

    It's grammatical, but seems to me inelegant at best. From the point of view of the listener, the sentence starts "All of these things made me feel very insecure and...". Listeners have to parse on the fly; so what do you expect? The most likely candidate is another adjective:
    "All of these things made me feel very insecure and edgy/ready to break down in tears/..." Then along comes the word 'think', and the listener has to think back not to 'insecure and <something>' but to 'made me <do A and B>'. This is putting quite a strain on the listener.

    So I'd be inclined either to repeat 'made', or use 'both' before 'feel' so that the listener knows that 'made me feel' is going to be followed by '[made me] <verb>. That or rewrite more fully.

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    Re: usage of "and"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It's grammatical, but seems to me inelegant at best. From the point of view of the listener, the sentence starts "All of these things made me feel very insecure and...". Listeners have to parse on the fly; so what do you expect? The most likely candidate is another adjective:
    "All of these things made me feel very insecure and edgy/ready to break down in tears/..." Then along comes the word 'think', and the listener has to think back not to 'insecure and <something>' but to 'made me <do A and B>'. This is putting quite a strain on the listener.

    So I'd be inclined either to repeat 'made', or use 'both' before 'feel' so that the listener knows that 'made me feel' is going to be followed by '[made me] <verb>. That or rewrite more fully.

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