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    parallelism

    Hello teachers,

    In the following sentence is the word having required to make the sentence grammatically correct?

    Also vital are having potent communications systems to maintain relationships with all donors and continually refreshing the answers to the question, How does the donor’s money help the common good?

    I feel the word is required. If I am wrong, please explain why.

    Thanks a million!

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    #2

    Re: parallelism

    I would use it. But I imagine there are those who wouldn't.

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    #3

    Re: parallelism

    So, I guess the word having here just makes the two entities parallel in construction. Am I right?

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    Re: parallelism

    If you put the word in, then is having would work better for me as it would make it singular. Potent doesn't really collocate with communications systems IMO- I would use something like effective.

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    #5

    Re: parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMelange View Post
    the two entities
    I think they are gerund phrases.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you put the word in, then is having would work better for me as it would make it singular. Potent doesn't really collocate with communications systems IMO- I would use something like effective.
    Wouldn't is be wrong because there are two gerund phrases (A and B are vital) in the sentence?

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    Re: parallelism

    No, "is" is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "is" is correct.
    I still don't get it, Mr. bhaisahab. Isn't the skeleton of the sentence "Also vital are having potent communications systems and continually refreshing the answers to a particular question"? (That is, Also vital are A and B.)

    Kindly bear with me.

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    Re: parallelism

    "Also vital is having potent communications systems and continually refreshing the answers to a particular question" this works better for me.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMelange View Post
    I. Isn't the skeleton of the sentence "Also vital are having potent communications systems and continually refreshing the answers to a particular question"? (That is, Also vital are A and B.)
    I think there is an argument for 'is' there, but I would use 'are', for the same reason you would..

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