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  1. 羡鱼-Xianyu's Avatar

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    Are two predicates allowed in one sentence?

    Chickens slaughtered in the United States, claim officials in Brussels, are not fit to grace European tables. No, say the Americans: our fowl are fine, (and) we simply clean them in a different way.

    Hi, everybody!

    Should I think the writer missed the red 'and'? Is it a typo or an acceptable omission? As we know, two predicates are not allowed in one sentence. Am I right? Thanks!

    Xianyu

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    Re: Are two predicates allowed in one sentence?

    Hi,
    Well, of course, two predicates are allowed as long as they are joined by a conjunction. But in this case, I think that rather than being a comma splice (the incorrect joining of two independent clauses with a comma), it's simply an abbreviated style. This isn't written as full prose, I believe.

    In normal style, you would be correct. It's missing an "and" or the comma should be a semi-colon.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Are two predicates allowed in one sentence?

    I read the comma as a quick colon (:) meaning an explanation follows an assertion.

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