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    Default going (or go?) on par with that

    Is the sentence in blue correct grammatically? Do you think that it should be "go on par with that"? Because we should use "do" after "make", am I correct?

    This is from an American TV program,

    Karl: Oh. So you were jealous?
    Susan: No! No! It's just... we were married. And...and she's trying to make this tawdry little affair you guys have going on par with that. It's just... I got mad.

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    Default Re: going (or go?) on par with that

    Quote Originally Posted by Grayarea View Post
    Is the sentence in blue correct grammatically? Do you think that it should be "go on par with that"? Because we should use "do" after "make", am I correct?

    This is from an American TV program,

    Karl: Oh. So you were jealous?
    Susan: No! No! It's just... we were married. And...and she's trying to make this tawdry little affair you guys have going on par with that. It's just... I got mad.
    That's quite acceptable.

    Q: What do they have?
    A: An affair.
    Q: What kind of affair?
    A: A tawdry little affair going on par with something else.

    They have an affair that is going on par with something else.

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    Default Re: going (or go?) on par with that

    Quote Originally Posted by Grayarea View Post
    Is the sentence in blue correct grammatically? Do you think that it should be "go on par with that"? Because we should use "do" after "make", am I correct?

    This is from an American TV program,

    Karl: Oh. So you were jealous?
    Susan: No! No! It's just... we were married. And...and she's trying to make this tawdry little affair you guys have going on par with that. It's just... I got mad.
    No, 'going' belongs to 'affair'. "They have an affair going [on] which she is trying to put (or 'make') on par with a real marriage."
    The 'on' could belong to either "going on" or "on a par".

    What's going on here?
    We're having an affair.
    They are having an affair going on, or they have an affair going.

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    Default Re: going (or go?) on par with that

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The 'on' could belong to either "going on" or "on a par".
    Raymott,

    doesn't on here belong to on a par only?

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    Default Re: going (or go?) on par with that

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Raymott,

    doesn't on here belong to on a par only?
    I don't read it that way. The affair is going on. She is trying to make it par with "that."

    It's not particularly well written.

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    Default Re: going (or go?) on par with that

    Quote Originally Posted by Grayarea View Post
    Is the sentence in blue correct grammatically? Do you think that it should be "go on par with that"? Because we should use "do" after "make", am I correct?

    This is from an American TV program,

    Karl: Oh. So you were jealous?
    Susan: No! No! It's just... we were married. And...and she's trying to make this tawdry little affair you guys have going on par with that. It's just... I got mad.
    I agree that it's not very well written. As far as I'm concerned, there would have to be two "on"s - one for "going on" and one for "on [a] par with".

    She's trying to make this tawdry little affair you guys have going on on a par with that.

    By the way, are you sure that's from an American TV program? I only ask because Karl and Susan are a couple (surname Kennedy) in "Neighbours", and those two lines sound entirely as if they could be from a storyline which involved them. "Neighbours" is Australian.

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