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    I'd like to know if this sentence is correct.

    The sentence: "Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up is, very, very different from yours."

    If it's grammatically incorrect, please explain why, or point me to a reference, or something, that will explain it to me.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by maskiepop View Post
    I'd like to know if this sentence is correct.

    The sentence: "Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up is, very, very different from yours."

    If it's grammatically incorrect, please explain why, or point me to a reference, or something, that will explain it to me.
    It is grammatically incorrect on two counts:

    1. There are two subjects, where I grew up and when I grew up; the verb would therefore need to be the plural are.
    2. Yours can refer to place/date of birth, but not to where/when I grew up.

    You need to say something like:

    My place of birth and manner of upbringing are/were very, very different from yours.

    Where I grew up, and how I grew up are/were, very, very different from where and how you grew up.


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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    It is grammatically incorrect, but it sounds like the kind of thing people might say rather than write- in conversation, it wouldn't sound that wrong, but it does look strange in writing.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Thanks, everyone.

    Which is a big part of my problem. I rely mostly on how it sounds.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by maskiepop View Post
    Which is a big part of my problem. I rely mostly on how it sounds.
    That's not necessarily a big problem unless you are intending to take an examination in English. When you ask a question in this forum, we assume that you want the 'correct' answer, one that would satisfy a Cambridge examiner.

    In real life, many of us do not use formally correct English, especially in conversation.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    [QUOTE=maskiepop;799672]

    The sentence: "Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up is, very, very different from yours."


    DEAR TEACHERS:


    (1) Would "is" be correct if the comma were placed behind "up":

    Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up, is very different from

    your background.

    Could we then say that "and how I grew up" is parenthetical:

    "Quite likely, where I grew up (and how I grew up) is very different from your

    background.

    Thank you, teachers.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    (1) Would "is" be correct if the comma were placed behind "up":

    Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up, is very different from

    your background.

    Could we then say that "and how I grew up" is parenthetical:

    "Quite likely, where I grew up (and how I grew up) is very different from your

    background.
    I'd use 'are' there, especially in writing.

    The bracketing of the additional thought does not change the fact that it is part of the subject. Compare these:

    Luke (like his father) is short sighted
    Luke and his father are short-sighted.
    Luke is short-sighted, as is his father.
    ?Luke (and his father) ?? shortsighted.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    [QUOTE=fivejedjon;801067]I'd use 'are' there, especially in writing.

    The bracketing of the additional thought does not change the fact that it is part of the subject.

    Thank you, Teacher Fivejedjon.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by maskiepop View Post
    I'd like to know if this sentence is correct.

    The sentence: "Quite likely, where I grew up, and how I grew up is, very, very different from yours."

    If it's grammatically incorrect, please explain why, or point me to a reference, or something, that will explain it to me.

    Thank you.

    DEAR TEACHERS:

    Could the "is" be justified by saying that it is matter of ellipsis:

    Quite likely, [the matter of] where I grew up and how I grew up is very different from your background.


    Thank you, teachers.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    [QUOTE=TheParser;801073]
    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The bracketing of the additional thought does not change the fact that it is part of the subject.

    Thank you, Teacher Fivejedjon.
    That's just my opinion - it is not given as an absolute fact. I am moderately sure I am right, but others may disagree.

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