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    Is this sentence grammatical?

    Can you please tell me if the following sentence is grammatical?

    Politicians usually make a promise to be elected but when they are elected they don't radeem what they made a promise.
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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by ercantuncer View Post
    Can you please tell me if the following sentence is grammatical?

    Politicians usually make a promise to be elected but when they are elected they don't radeem what they made a promise.
    No. It should read as something like "Politicians usually make promises to get themselves elected, but when they are elected they don't redeem these promises".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    Is it possible to say 'Politicians usually make promises for being elected,but when they are elected they don't redeem the promises they made'

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    I don't like "redeem these promises" at all. People either "keep" their promises or they "renege" on them.
    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 grammatical?

    I have not heard of 'redeem a promise'. To redeem is to get something back.
    You can also say 'they do not live up to their promises' or 'they do not honour their promises'.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    I redeem coupons, not promises.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    What do you think about 'for being elected' in my sentence?.Is it correct?

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    No. As Grumpy suggested, say 'to get elected'.

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    Please note that a better title would have been Politicians usually make a promise...

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatical?

    Quote Originally Posted by ercantuncer View Post
    What do you think about 'for being elected' in my sentence?.Is it correct?
    If you want to use a verb to show a purpose, use the infinitive- make promises to get elected. Use for with a noun phrase- make promises for votes.

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