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    Is this sentence correct?

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Is the below sentence correct?

    "Always show respect to you betters"

    Thanks,
    Andy

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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I am not a teacher.

    No, there is a mistake.

    Try starting the sentence with "I" and you will understand what the mistake is.

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    #3

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    I don't know what "I" will do there, but "you" should be "your".

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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    No, there is a mistake.

    Try starting the sentence with "I" and you will understand what the mistake is.

    There is no reason to add "I" to the start of this sentence. It is an imperative. Mike has pointed out the one error. Well, there is another error - the sentence doesn't end with a full stop.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Roman was rightly encouraging Andy to discover the mistake for himself.


    Andy, please note that a better title would have been Always show respect to you betters.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #6

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Roman was rightly encouraging Andy to discover the mistake for himself.

    I realised that but I couldn't see how adding "I" to the start of the sentence was going to help the OP spot a spelling error later in the sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is no reason to add "I" to the start of this sentence. It is an imperative. Mike has pointed out the one error. Well, there is another error - the sentence doesn't end with a full stop.
    I am not a teacher.

    I am surprised by this. I was under the impression that you preferred learners to work things out for themselves rather than just have answers given to them, especially when they are first time posters.

    When Rover_KE correctly interpreted the meaning of my post you said, "I realised that but I couldn't see how adding "I" to the start of the sentence was going to help the OP spot a spelling error later in the sentence." How did you know it was a typo? Even if it were, starting the sentence with "I" would make that clear just as it would make clear the error in the choice of personal pronoun. Perhaps you were influenced by post #3.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I was influenced by nothing. I read post #1 in full before looking at any of the responses. I read it as an imperative, with a misspelling (or error) of "your" later in the sentence. Had I been the first responder, I would have asked the OP to reread the sentence and check every single word very carefully to see if they could find the error. There was no point posting that as a response containing the answer had already been given.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

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    I still don't see what adding "I" to the sentence has anything to do with the error. For me, it was more likely to confuse the OP than to assist him/her. Adding "I" just makes it a different sentence. If the OP then changed "you" to "my" it still would not have answered the question.

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    #10

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I am not a teacher.

    Of course you don't. You never do.

    It doesn't have anything to do with the error, it has everything to do with making the error obvious.

    It was only a suggestion.

    I stupidly thought that "I always show respect to you betters." would sound so wrong that the error would stand out.

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