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    Sentence structure

    "The $2 rise in minimum wage hourly rate is neither too high, considering the inflation rate in the past two years, nor too low, as it is already a 7% rise"

    Is the underline clause rightly used? Should it be substituted by "nor it is too low"? Or the whole sentence is unacceptable ?


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    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    "The $2 rise in minimum wage hourly rate is neither too high, considering the inflation rate in the past two years, nor too low, as it is already a 7% rise"

    Is the underline clause rightly used? Should it be substituted by "nor it is too low"? Or the whole sentence is unacceptable ?


    Thanks so much!!
    It is OK as quoted, but the full form could be ".....nor is it too low....."


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    #3

    Re: Sentence structure

    To be parallel, it should stay as is: neither too high nor too low.

    However, the "already" seems out of place.
    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: Sentence structure

    It is OK as quoted, but the full form could be ".....nor is it too low....."
    Could you tell me more about this?
    Why do you use "nor is it too low" rather than "nor it is too low"?

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    #5

    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Could you tell me more about this?
    Why do you use "nor is it too low" rather than "nor it is too low"?
    Because that's the correct word order.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    As Barb_D said "To be parallel, it should stay as is: neither too high nor too low.", I think this is a best way to say it. However, billmcd said "It is OK as quoted, but the full form could be ".....nor is it too low....."", this mean that "nor is it too low" is better than "nor too low". Also, could you show me how can I get the correct word order as you said?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Also, could you show me how can I get the correct word order as you said?
    What do you mean? "Nor" requires an inversion.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    "Nor" requires an inversion.
    Thank you, I have just known it. I am learning this structure now.

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    #9

    Re: Sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    Or the whole sentence is unacceptable ?



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    Hello,


    I think that you hit the nail on the head. That sentence should be rewritten so that it is tighter and clearer.

    Maybe something like:

    "Considering the inflation rate in the past two years, the two-dollar raise [not "rise" in American English] in the minimum wage is not too high.

    Nor is it too low, since it is a 7% increase."

    or

    "Considering the inflation rate in the past two years, the two-dollar raise in the minimum wage, an increase of 7%, is neither too high nor too low."


    James

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