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    #1

    grammar of this sentence

    Dear friends...

    Could you please comment on the correctness of this sentence?

    People pray for over 2000 years but the world is still a shitty place, perhaps it is time we, as humans, start to act, instead of waiting for some wonder to happen.

    Thanks

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    Re: grammar of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    If they have been praying for the past 2000 years you should use, "have prayed", or, "have been praying"..
    I guess 'have been praying' would be more appropriate!

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    Re: grammar of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear friends...

    Could you please comment on the correctness of this sentence?

    People pray for over 2000 years but the world is still a shitty place, perhaps it is time we, as humans, start to act, instead of waiting for some wonder to happen.

    Thanks
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    Hello, Offroad.

    (1) May I most respectfully suggest a few changes:

    (a) add one comma to emphasize a pause.

    (b) change one word because it is not acceptable in polite society.

    (c) add a needed semicolon to avoid the infamous "comma splice."

    (d) remove one comma because it introduces an unnecessary pause

    that makes the sentence "weaker."

    (2) To wit:

    People have been praying for over 2,000 years, but the world is still

    an awful place; perhaps it is time we, as humans, start to act instead

    of waiting for some wonder to happen.

    Thank you

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    #4

    Re: grammar of this sentence

    start to act
    vs
    start acting

    Are they interchangeable?

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    #5

    Re: grammar of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    start to act
    vs
    start acting

    Are they interchangeable?
    Yes. In this context, I would say, "started to act/started acting".
    "...perhaps it is time we, as humans, started to act, instead of waiting for some wonder to happen."
    "...perhaps it is time we, as humans, started acting, instead of waiting for some wonder to happen."

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