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    Quote from a harvard open course "Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist, he points out that many of the functions that we take for granted as properly belonging to government don't."
    I know the meaning of the sentence, but it seems like there's something missing here. Is it grammatically right?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by masterding; 16-Jul-2014 at 15:14. Reason: typo

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    Re: Don't

    They don't belong to the government.

    There is an extra "he" in there.
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    #3

    Re: Don't

    masterding, there's only one r in 'grammatically'.

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    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    They don't belong to the government.
    They don't properly belong to the government- as this is a libertarian, he might think that functions that do belong to the government, and which many think are rightfully the government's, should not belong to it.

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    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    They don't belong to the government.

    There is an extra "he" in there.
    I'm sorry , I don't understand where the exrtra "he" is?
    Actually I understand the meaning of the sentence, just the way that "they don't belong to government." is shortened to "don't " seems a little abstruse.
    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    "Milton Friedman, the libertarian economist, he points out that many of the functions...
    I am not a teacher.

    The extra 'he' is here.

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    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    points out that many of the functions that we take for granted as properly belonging to government [this is the noun phrase] do not properly belong to the goverment."
    Many of the people you think are sweet natured aren't.
    Many of the poeple that you think of as being sweet natured are not actually sweet natured.

    The dog you think is his isn't.
    The dog that you think is his actually is not really his.
    The dog that you think belongs to him does not belong to him.
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    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Actually I understand the meaning of the sentence, just the way that "they don't belong to government." is shortened to "don't " seems a little abstruse.
    Try saying it aloud- it could work well in a lecture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They don't properly belong to the government- as this is a libertarian, he might think that functions that do belong to the government, and which many think are rightfully the government's, should not belong to it.
    The libertarian would say (and is saying) that many of the things gov't is presently doing are not rightfully the scope of a proper gov't.

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    #10

    Re: Don't

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Thanks-, I have corrected it.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    (ems)

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