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    Does the phrase "takes next step" mean "takes next step to have proven that religion is nonsense"?

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    Other books show that religion is nonsense. The Earthbound Parent by Richard Conn humanely & sympathetically takes next step. Religion is nonsense but how to raise happy, moral children without it? (Royalties kindly donated to Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science)

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    Re: takes next step

    Where did you find those sentences?
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: takes next step

    Did it not say '...humanely and sympathetically takes the next step'?

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    Re: takes next step

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Did it not say '...humanely and sympathetically takes the next step'?
    The question is the next step of what.

    He tweeted.

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    Re: takes next step

    Tweets aren't good examples of decent grammar. People frequently shorten their sentences by omitting words that are required for a grammatical sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: takes next step

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Tweets aren't good examples of decent grammar. People frequently shorten their sentences by omitting words that are required for a grammatical sentence.
    that’s right. But sometimes information first, grammar second.

    The question remains as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    That’s right. But sometimes it's information first, grammar second.
    I'm aware of that. I'm simply pointing out to you and other learners that tweets are frequently ungrammatical, and sometimes their ungrammaticalness make them almost incomprehensible to non-native speakers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does the phrase "takes next step" mean "takes next step to have proven that religion is nonsense"?

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    Other books show that religion is nonsense. The Earthbound Parent by Richard Conn humanely & sympathetically takes next step. Religion is nonsense but how to raise happy, moral children without it? (Royalties kindly donated to Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science)

    --Richard Dawkins
    The answer is in the next sentence, I have highlighted it for you.
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    As if to confirm my claim that tweets can be ungrammatical, the writer used "How to" to construct a question!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As if to confirm my claim that tweets can be ungrammatical, the writer used "How to" to construct a question!
    That's it! That is why I kept using "how to..." structure to form a question until you insisted the full form rule must be followed in this forum. Dawkins is former Oxford University's Professor, as influential as Stephen Hawking in my mind. The God Delusion by him is as brilliant as A Brief History of Time by Hawking: both profoundly impressed me.

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