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    airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Of course, the real problem is airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart (or whatever it is).https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...-the-back-quot

    Is the above sentence grammatical? I would insert are between apart and only as follows: Of course, the real problem is airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart are only 21" apart (or whatever it is).
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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    The original is correct; your version is not.

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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Of course, the real problem is airlines shoving seats only 21" apart.
    Is the above sentence grammatical?
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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    It's inelegant, but grammatical.

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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Of course, the real problem is that airlines shoving seats are only 21" apart.
    Is the above sentence grammatical?
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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    No: 'are' is in the wrong place.

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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No: 'are' is in the wrong place.
    What is the correct place for are?
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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Do you understand that "shoving" in your sentence is a verb? I wonder if you're reading "shoving seats" as a noun. It's not. (Well, "seats" is, of course.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    I'd use cramming, without are.

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    Re: airlines shoving seats that were meant to be 26" apart only 21" apart

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    What is the correct place for are?
    You could put it before shoving, but it isn't necessary.

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