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    #1

    is grammar OK

    Could you please tell if the sentence below is grammatically correct:
    "Problems can occur isolatedly or be repetitive".

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    #2

    Re: is grammar OK

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you please tell if the sentence below is grammatically correct:
    "Problems can occur isolatedly or be repetitive".
    It's better like this: "Problems can occur in isolation, or be repetitive".

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    #3

    Re: is grammar OK

    Thanks a lot!

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    #4

    Re: is grammar OK

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's better like this: "Problems can occur in isolation, or be repetitive".
    It'd sound better to me if a comma was put after "problems". Because ,without the comma as you suggested, it takes some time for me to see the connection below:

    Problems can occur in isolation, or be repetitive

    What I mean with the comma is having a short pause between "problems" and "can" when speaking, 'cause I'm aware that in writing it parts the sentence and thus looks ungrammatical.

    Problems, can occur in isolation, or be repetitive


    bhaisahab, I'd really like to know your opinion on this.

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    #5

    Re: is grammar OK

    No comma after problems

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    #6

    Re: is grammar OK

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    It'd sound better to me if a comma was put after "problems". Because ,without the comma as you suggested, it takes some time for me to see the connection below:

    Problems can occur in isolation, or be repetitive

    What I mean with the comma is having a short pause between "problems" and "can" when speaking, 'cause I'm aware that in writing it parts the sentence and thus looks ungrammatical.

    Problems, can occur in isolation, or be repetitive


    bhaisahab, I'd really like to know your opinion on this.
    Sorry, it has taken me a while to reply. I know what you mean by a slight pause when speaking, but it's not ok when written with the comma. In fact I think the sentence could be better written, like this: "Problems can occur, in isolation or repeatedly."

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    #7

    Re: is grammar OK

    Neither a native speaker nor a teacher.


    Is anything wrong if I write this way?

    Problems can occur isolatedly or repetitively

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