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    sentence structure

    Is the grammar of this sentence correct?
    To settle this long-overdue account leaves me with no alternative but to request payment by ...
    Can the first part be the subject of the main clause?

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    Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by Roadster View Post
    Can the first part be the subject of the main clause?

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    Hello, Roadster:

    I am NO writer. but I respectfully feel that the writer of that sentence was perhaps in a hurry and did not have time to write it in a clearer manner.

    I believe that the sentence should read something like:

    1. (In order) to settle this long-overdue account, I am left with no alternative but to request payment by 7 p.m. tonight.
    2. (In order) to settle this long-overdue account, you leave me with no alternative but to request payment by 7 p.m. tonight.

    As you can see, the subject in #1 is "I"; in #2 it is "you."

    Let's reorder the parts of the sentence for analysis:

    You leave me with no alternative but to request payment by 7 p.m. (in order) to settle this long-overdue account.

    As you can see, the words " to settle this long-overdue account" explains why you leave me with no alternative but to request payment by 7 p.m.

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    In my OPINION, the answer to your question is NO.


    James

    P.S. You could, however, write something like:

    The necessity to settle this long-overdue account leaves me with no alternative but to ....

    The simple subject is "The necessity."
    The complete subject is "The necessity to settle this long-overdue account."
    Last edited by TheParser; 14-Aug-2014 at 21:07. Reason: I added the P.S.

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    #3

    Re: sentence structure

    How about this sentence? Is it also correct?

    Settling this long-overdue account leaves me with no alternative but to request payment by 7 p.m. tonight.

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    Re: sentence structure

    No. It sounds like you are the one who owes money.

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