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    Is this ok?

    Is it OK to say: Some people claim that wealth has never been and never will be a means of achieving success.

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    Thumbs up Re: Is this ok?

    It's a good sentence.

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    Re: Is this ok?

    Some people claim that wealth has never been and never will be a means of achieving success.

    It is a good sentence, but in my mind it would be better with '...never has been...' sorry to be pedantic.

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    Re: Is this ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Some people claim that wealth has never been and never will be a means of achieving success.

    It is a good sentence, but in my mind it would be better with '...never has been...' sorry to be pedantic.

    What is the pedantic reason for this? Please. Just curious.

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    Re: Is this ok?

    Usually your language will flow more smoothly if similar phrases in a sentence have similar word order. This is a form of parallelism. Sometimes a writer will make his sentences deliberately non-parallel in order to stress something, but as an English teacher I recommend that students of English use parallel structure whenever possible.

    "...wealth has never been and will never be..."

    "...wealth never has been and never will be.."

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