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    What kind of grammar error is this?

    The compound sentence below is incorrect because the verbs used are in different tense. Is this a "subject-verb agreement error", "parallelism error" or other?

    It was his duty; therefore, he has to fix the problem.

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nkillerbee View Post
    It was his duty; therefore, he has to fix the problem.

    With all due respect, this sentence is definitely grammatical to me.
    In a compound sentence, there is no such constraint that the main verbs in the independent clauses must agree in tense.

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    svartnik,

    In the example below, the text preceeding the compound sentence drives the need to make both verbs (of the compound sentence) past or present tense, but it did not occur.


    For example:

    The gentleman's responsibility is to repair vehicles. Because it was his duty, he has to fix the car.

    Is that error called, "subject-verb agreement", "parallelism error" or something else?

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    As you have already been clearly informed, there is NO error of grammar here!

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by nkillerbee View Post
    The gentleman's responsibility is to repair vehicles. Because it was his duty, he has to fix the car.
    "was" is out of line with the other verbs with respect to tense in your example.

    However, being incorrect in grammar means being under no circuimstance acceptable.

    Nobody went to the shop to buy some bread and so we are short of it now. It was his duty; therefore, he has to fix the problem.

    P.S. Thanks philo for your confirmation.

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    Svartnik is right, but it would be an error if the reality it is attempting to paint is that the duty and problem are contemporaneous. Here is the opposite case, when the duty and problem are asynchronous.

    For example: (Writing 1 month after Clinton took power): It was G. Bush 41's duty to manage US security in the mid-east. Because of this, he has to fix the errors he made (now).

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    My professor insists that there is a "subject-verb agreement" error.

    Thanks to all of you for the clarification.

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by nkillerbee View Post
    My professor insists that there is a "subject-verb agreement" error.

    Thanks to all of you for the clarification.
    Subject-verb incongruity means the subject and the verb is not in concord regarding number.


    It was his duty; therefore, he has to fix the problem.

    it - was
    he - has to

    Your professor is saying one of my ticks is unjustified. Back to square one.

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by nkillerbee View Post
    My professor insists that there is a "subject-verb agreement" error.

    Thanks to all of you for the clarification.
    Your professor is doubly wrong. If there was an error, it would be a "parallelism error" (given the alternatives). But there is no error.
    Which subject and verb does he claim are in disagreement?

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    Re: What kind of grammar error is this?

    G'day Raymott,

    parallelism error? Does this sentence branch off anywhere?
    The only problem there could be with the sentence, in my opinion, is the inconsequent choice of tenses.

    Raymott, I want to ask you a question. May I?

    Let us put another schrimp on the barbie.
    I know the straightforward translation, but what I do not know is why Jim Carrey said that to someone once he thought was from down-under to hit a fraternal note with her. What exactly did he mean?
    And one more q:
    'down under', is it pejorative? 'Down' suggest not up, but then I often hear it.

    Thanks.

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