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    is + depending on

    Hi,

    The starting target score is 50-60% depending on the learner's skill level.

    Is the above grammatically correct?

    Thanks.

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    Re: is + depending on

    It needs a comma. Can you see where?
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    Re: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It needs a comma. Can you see where?
    I felt that the phrase was a necessary piece of information so i omitted it on purpose. Isn't it also short enough to omit one (another reason)?
    Last edited by vpriest; 20-Jan-2021 at 03:34.

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    Re: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by vpriest View Post
    I felt that the phrase was a necessary piece of information so I omitted it on purpose.
    It may be necessary to convey the information, but the second part is not necessary to make a coherent sentence.

    You must capitalize the word "I" every time you use it.
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    Re: is + depending on

    That was a typo.

    Hmmm, I felt that was essential for the context. Also, isn't the sentence short enough to omit it?

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    Re: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by vpriest View Post
    That was a typo.

    Hmmm, I felt that was essential for the context. Also, isn't the sentence short enough to omit it?
    Hello, Vpriest!

    Words don't have to be grammatical to be understood. We understand what you're saying. The question is, do you know where a comma belongs?
    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: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Hello, Vpriest!

    Words don't have to be grammatical to be understood. We understand what you're saying. The question is, do you know where a comma belongs?
    Hi. I am here for grammar (formal/academic writing), so it matters a lot. I do know where it could go but I am trying to figure out if it could be omitted.

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    Re: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by vpriest View Post
    I felt that was essential for the context. Also, isn't the sentence short enough to omit it?
    Here's your sentence without the second part: The starting target score is 50-60%. That's a complete sentence. Therefore the second part can't be grammatically essential.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see a native speaker omit the comma. I'd include it.
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    Re: is + depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by vpriest View Post
    I felt that the phrase was a necessary piece of information so i omitted it on purpose.
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    Vpriest, I like your kind of question, so I did some googling and found an interesting thread that discussed this matter on this website more than ten years ago. I am a computer illiterate old man who cannot link, so when you get time, please go to Google and type in these words: A comma before depending on usingenglish.com 15 sep 2007.

    [MODERATOR EDIT]You can click here to go to the beginning of the thread.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Jan-2021 at 03:28. Reason: Add link.

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    Re: is + depending on

    yea, I saw that one already but it's a different case though. The depending phrase is required for sure for that one. However, in my case, I felt it is but it can stand alone without. That's the issue.

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