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    Is it correct...??

    The weather is never predictable

    Is it correct...???

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    #2

    Re: Is it correct...??

    Grammatically the sentence is correct except for its lack of a full stop or period at the end.

    Whether the idea expressed is correct is another matter

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    Re: Is it correct...??

    I am not a teacher.

    "Never" is redundant with "predictable". The weather is not predictable.

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    Re: Is it correct...??

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    "Never" is redundant with "predictable". The weather is not predictable.
    Redundant?
    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: Is it correct...??

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Redundant?
    Yes. If the weather can be predicted even once, it is predictable. "Predictable" is an absolute. There is an awkwardness of sense in the sentence with "never", which I chose (obviously inadvisedly) to call redundancy.

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    Re: Is it correct...??

    I don't agree. Sometimes things are easy to predict, hard to predict, or impossible to predict.
    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: Is it correct...??

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    "Never" is redundant with "predictable". The weather is not predictable.
    I'd rather say that never in this case is not redundant, but stronger. That's just my opinion.

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    Re: Is it correct...??

    Right, but "predict" is a different word. Earthquakes aren't sometimes predictable, because that means that there were occasions when they were predicted and didn't happen, which makes any so-called correct prediction a lucky fluke in the event.

    Anyway, if a writer wants to please readers like me, he will need to mind such matters of sense a little better. Some readers are less stringent.

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    I also felt the awkwardness.

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