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    Sb do sth and is sth

    Hello!
    I have a problem with a sentence:
    "The people do not work and are fired."
    Is it correct?
    Is it better to say:
    "The people are not working and they are fired."?
    I know these sentences are not the best examples because 'thus' or 'therefore' could be added.

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    Re: Sb do sth and is sth

    Welcome to the forum, Arnhus.

    These two very different ideas need to appear in two separate sentences, unless you join them with a meaningful conjunction.

    These people are not working. They are fired.
    These people are fired, because they are not working.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Mar-2014 at 15:16. Reason: minor typos

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    Re: Sb do sth and is sth

    Can I say: "These people don't work, becayse they're fired"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Sb do sth and is sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can I say: "These people don't work, becayse they're fired"?
    Hello, Boris.
    Are you sure you want to use 'because' in your sentence?

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    Re: Sb do sth and is sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can I say: "These people don't work, becayse they're fired"?
    I think the original is supposed to mean that the people were fired because they didn't work, not that they didn't work because they were fired.
    Your meaning is better expressed as "These people don't work because they've been fired."

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