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    #1

    Question paper

    why is this sentence gramatically wrong?

    Your suggestions look great on the paper,but are absolutely impractical.


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    #2

    Re: paper

    Hello, Im not a teacher neither a native speaker, but I think you should write the subject in the second sentence.
    ...but THEY are ...
    OK

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    Re: paper

    Your suggestions look great on paper, but are absolutely impracticable.

    (they is implied)
    Last edited by bianca; 25-Jun-2007 at 20:13.


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    Re: paper

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    Your suggestions look great on paper, but are absolutely impracticable.

    (they is implied)
    I know that dear Bianca, but I think that in this case (verb to be) it cannot be done. e.g.

    "I play soccer very well, but am not so good at basketball."
    "My cousin is beautiful, but is not smart"
    "Our cars run very fast, but are too dirty"

    Without the subject they have no sense for me
    P.S. Im just a begginer student

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    #5

    Re: paper

    I agree that in writing you must include 'they', but in spoken E you may skip it (in this particualr sentence).

    However, I agree with what you say about the other examples. Sounds odd -spoken E., probably.
    I usually play it by ear.

    "without...they have no sense to me."
    Last edited by bianca; 26-Jun-2007 at 07:03.


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    Re: paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Jair dos Santos Correa View Post
    I know that dear Bianca, but I think that in this case (verb to be) it cannot be done. e.g.

    "I play soccer very well, but [I] am not so good at basketball."
    "My cousin is beautiful, but [she] is not smart"
    "Our cars run very fast, but [they] are too dirty"

    Without the subject they have no sense for me
    P.S. Im just a beginner student
    They do have subjects, but as Bianca points out, they are understood - the context tells you what they are.


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    Smile Re: paper

    Quote Originally Posted by itsmehihihi View Post
    why is this sentence gramatically wrong?

    Your suggestions look great on the paper,but are absolutely impractical.
    I think, I above sentence is wrong because, on paper is an idiom.


    Idiom: on paper

    In theory, as opposed to actual performance or fact
    Example: It is a good team on paper, but its members play poorly together.

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