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    Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Lately, Martin started behaving oddly, which his friends attributed his daughter's death in a traffic accident.
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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    "attributed to."

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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    After "Lately", BrE uses "has started behaving badly".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Lately, Martin started behaving oddly, which his friends attributed his daughter's death in a traffic accident.


    As pointed out a "to" should follow "attributed"

    The part that I think needs rethinking is this phrase: "Lately, Martin started behaving oddly,". This sounds too "sing-song" to me.

    How about this as an alternative?

    Martin started behaving badly of late, which his friends attributed to his daughter's death in a traffic accident.
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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    "of late" is much less likely in BrE than "lately".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    Same with AE.

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    Re: Lately, Martin started behaving oddly

    Robert, that's what I said. I agree with ems.

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