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    it's all about money

    Do my sentences sound natural? Are they even correct?

    1. And of course, it centres about money again.
    2. And of course, it's all about money again.
    3. And of course, it's all about money.
    4. And of course, like always it's all about money.

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    Re: it's all about money

    It's not a good idea to begin a sentence with "and". Otherwise, they are correct.

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    Re: it's all about money

    In #1, "... it centres about money" doesn't work (in BrE, at least). You could use "... it [all] centres around money".
    In #4, I'd add a comma after "like always".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: it's all about money

    Whether they sound natural or not depends on the preceding sentence(s). I think it's a good idea for you to give us some more context, blizzy.

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    Re: it's all about money

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In #4, I'd add a comma after "like always".
    I'm not sure that is a good idea. There will be too many commas in such a short sentence.

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    Re: it's all about money

    I wouldn't use "like always". I'd use "as always" instead.

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    Re: it's all about money

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    If the criterion is 'naturalness', which is rather subjective on its face, they all sound natural with the exception of 1)
    #1 would be the least likely I would hear but I still think it's grammatically correct even if I wouldn't use it myself. As ems noted earlier, "center/centre around" would be a lot more natural.

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    Re: it's all about money

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I'm not sure that is a good idea. There will be too many commas in such a short sentence.
    If a short sentence requires a lot of commas, I say use them. I would put another comma in here.

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    Re: it's all about money

    They might not lead to a pretty-looking sentence but when commas are required, they're required! As if on cue, I saw this comment today on a site for buying and selling second-hand goods.

    I would, however, give you, at a push, 10, maybe 11, for it.


    Pretty? No. Perfectly punctuated? Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: it's all about money

    Commas are not ruled by looks.

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