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    Simple Grammar Check

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    I made sure that everything is on schedule so that we do not miss the flight and also to avoid paying more for traveling.


    Q. I just want to make sure that the above is grammatically correct.


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    You have a mix of tenses. Are you talking about future travel or past travel?
    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: Simple Grammar Check

    Besides the problem with the tense, structure wise, it's grammatically correct?

    I was concerned more with the mixed usage of the that clause and the infinitive phrase.

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    No, it's not okay.

    How did your making sure everything was in order prevent you from paying more?

    I can't show you a better way to write this if I don't understand your meaning.
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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    Okay, let's scrap the sentence then. It's just one I made up to ask a question about the structure as opposed to the content of the sentence, meaning I do not need to rewrite the sentence. I just want to confirm the grammar usage.

    A new one:

    I have printed many copies about the issue and put them on the wall so that we are reminded about the issue and also to put more efforts into solving it.

    So the question is whether independent sentence + so that clause + conjunction+infinitive phrase is grammatically correct.

    I ask this because I normally just keep infinitive phrases together with other infinitives (ex. to... and also to...)
    Last edited by vcolts; 16-Feb-2012 at 17:47.

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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    I'm not prepared to say that "we are reminded [about the issue] and also [to put more efforts into solving it] is ungrammatical.

    We are reminded about it.
    We are reminded to put more effort into it.

    However, it's not very good style, in my opinion.

    It's better to be parallel.
    We are reminded to think about it and to put effort into sovling it.
    We are reminded about the problem and the need to do more to solve it.
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    Yes, that's my main question: Whether it must be kept parallel in order to be grammatically correct.
    Last edited by vcolts; 16-Feb-2012 at 19:51.

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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    That IS your quesiton, or that WAS your question? Was my answer not clear enough?
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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That IS your quesiton, or that WAS your question? Was my answer not clear enough?
    It was clear and helpful (thank you!) but my aim is to have things confirmed and categorized grammatically so I do not run into the similar issue in my head in the future (being multilingual makes it even more difficult to remember rules and etc.). I would like to know if it's grammatically correct, which you were not sure on. So I would like others to comment on it as well.
    Last edited by vcolts; 17-Feb-2012 at 19:52. Reason: To avoid misunderstanding

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    Re: Simple Grammar Check

    It's a matter of style, not grammar. If I had got to your question before Barb, I would have give a very similar answer to the one she gave.

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