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    The quality to be male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, being unable to be distinguished thereby.

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    Exclamation Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by confidenceman View Post
    The quality of being (to be) male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, thereby they are (being) unable to be distinguished .
    No, you have to break it into two clauses as above. Delete the words in the brackets.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Means:

    The quality to be male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, since they are unable to be distinguished (as either).

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
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    The quality to be male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, since they are unable to be distinguished (as either).
    Yes Ok. I think 'thereby' sounds better than 'since'

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    The quality to be male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, being unable to be distinguished thereby.


    Oh - I did not meant to change the sentence meaning.


    The orginal said:
    being unable to be distinguished thereby.

    which, to me, meant: being able to be distinquished because of that fact (the difference cannot be found)

    I am suggesting:
    The quality to be male or female is irrelevant to these asexual creatures, since they are unable to be distinguished from one another.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    by "thereby" I meant "by that" as in "distinguished by that quality"

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by confidenceman View Post
    by "thereby" I meant "by that" as in "distinguished by that quality"
    The sentence sounds circular to me. If they are asexual organisms, they have never had males or females, so we wouldn't know whether they would be indistinguishable sexually if they had sexes. And if there was a sexual difference, they wouldn't be asexual organisms.
    Aren't you just saying that sex (gender) is irrelevant to asexual organisms? And if so, in what context would you want to point out this tautology?

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Well, the original sentence didn't have the word asexual, but I added it in order to make my sentence easier to understand.

    The sentence was written off my head. So there's no context.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by confidenceman View Post
    The sentence was written off my head. So there's no context.
    Then that is the context - which perhaps explains the problem.

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