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    Post we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported by...

    Hello Admin/s, Moderator/s and forum members!

    We run zero-revenue, commercial-free radio stations, supporting many new/young music composers, airing their works.

    We have ready for reading a couple of scripts, but as English is not our mother tongue, we are a little bit concerned that scripts contain grammar or express the concept not in a proper way for English speaking people... We wouldn't be very proud to have listeners laughing or pulling up eyebrows while listening at us!

    May I ask you your opinion regarding the below two sentences, before we read them "live?

    Thank you, it is much appreciated!

    Best regards,

    Fabio


    1) Do you want to listen to your favorite radio station anytime anywhere? Our "MRG.fm Radio" App is available for Android, iPhone and Tablets. Visit [hyperlink removed] and download it for free.

    2) We hope you are enjoying the music we handpick for you. Please remember that we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music -Only- if supported by your donations. Thank you.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Apr-2016 at 09:41.

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    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    They are fine.
    “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: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    Thank you very much Bhaisahab,

    May I ask if :

    "Please remember that we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, -Only- if supported by your donations"

    is as good as

    "Please remember that we can keep
    on being on-air playing commercial free music, -Only- if we are supported by your donations."

    or any of the 2 is to be preferred for grammatical/ form reasons?


    Thank you again; your assistance is much appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Fabio

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    #4

    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    not a teacher

    There are a number of ways to phrase this naturally. Here is one possibility.

    "Please remember that we can stay on air, playing commercial-free music, only if we're supported by your donations."

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    #5

    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    I find -Only - very unnatural and messy. JMurray's version above much better.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    Hello JMurray and Emsr2d2 and thank you for helping us out!

    Regarding the suggestion of JMurray to replace "keep on being on the air" with "stay on the air" seems good because it makes also more comprehensible the reading. If this particular suggestion looks fine also to the teachers, we will be happy to implement it.

    Regarding the comment of Emsr2d2, I am afraid I did not understand it.
    For what I see JMurray just removed the "-" and the capital "O" letter in that part of the sentence.
    If this is what you meant, I would like to clarify that we wrote it like that only as a reminder for the speaker to "mark" and put some "emphasis" while reading of the word "only". Could you please clarify? Thank you.

    Thanks,

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    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    -Only-
    *only* would work better for me. *...* is used for emphasis on the web and I see no need for the capital letter in the original.

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    #8

    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    not a teacher

    It's usual to use italics, bold or underlining to indicate emphasis. For the purpose of indicating to an on-air reader that you want to emphasise "only", underlining might be simplest.

    "… playing commercial-free music, only if we're supported by your donations."

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    #9

    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    deleted as clicked "reply" twice; I apologize for that.
    Last edited by Fabiotek; 17-Apr-2016 at 15:31.

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    Re: we can keep being on the air, playing commercial free music, Only- if supported b

    I thought it was obvious that the capital "O" was to indicate emphasis for the speaker of the text. Just saying.
    “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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