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    The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Hello,

    Does the sentence below sound natural?

    "The nation that does not appreciate its heroes is in danger it will have none when it needs them."

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    No. This is natural: "The nation that does not appreciate its heroes is in danger of having none when it needs them."
    “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: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Thank you very much for your answer, bhaisahab. Speaking of which, may I say, "the nation that does not appreciate its heroes is threatened of having none when it needs them"?
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 11-Jun-2016 at 19:14.
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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Hello,

    Does the sentence below sound natural?

    "The nation that does not appreciate its heroes is in danger it will have none when it needs them."

    Thanks a lot.
    This sentence needs a semicolon. Can you see where it belongs?
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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    This sentence needs a semicolon. Can you see where it belongs?
    "... is in danger;"?
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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    "... is in danger;"?
    Yes.
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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    "... is in danger;"?
    Yes, that's what GS means, but if that were how I wanted the line to be understood, I'd go all the way and stick in a period (a full stop).

    But then you'd have to change a lower case letter to a capital, and I think GS wanted let the rest of the line stand without more changes.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    With a semicolon or a full stop the meaning is changed.
    “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: The nation that does not appreciate ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    Speaking of which, may I say, "the nation that does not appreciate its heroes is threatened of having none when it needs them"?
    The nation ... is under threat of having none ...".

    We don't use "threatened of".

    He was threatened with violence.
    The nation is under threat of ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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