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Wed May 10, 2017, 08:02 AM

 

Grammar Nazi: Two grammar mistakes in one sentence of Trump's

letter to Comey:

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,”


"you informing me" -- the gerund "informing" is a noun and should take the possessive adjective "your" (not "you".

"to effectively lead" -- classic split infinitive. Not a grammar error per se, but a major stylistic weakness. Would read better to say "not able to lead the Bureau effectively."

The days of William Safire, George Will and William Buckley Jr. are long gone for Republicans.

Have fun, my fellow grammarians and band of brothers!

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Reply Grammar Nazi: Two grammar mistakes in one sentence of Trump's (Original post)
KingCharlemagne May 2017 OP
Shanti Mama May 2017 #1
dalton99a May 2017 #2
Jim Lane May 2017 #4
L. Coyote May 2017 #3
lunatica May 2017 #5
niyad May 2017 #6
yuiyoshida May 2017 #7
FigTree May 2017 #8
DavidDvorkin May 2017 #9

Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 09:12 AM

1. Thank you!

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 09:15 AM

2. Grammar mistake or grammatical mistake?

j/k

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #2)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:12 PM

4. That construction has a technical name.

 

In English, it can be grammatically proper to ram a bunch of nouns together in a phrase.

In the Romance languages, by contrast, the phrase would have to be the equivalent of "grammatical mistake" or "mistake of the grammar". In English, however, "grammar mistake" is proper. In fact, I can thank you for your Internet message board grammar post, using a string of five nouns with no prepositions.

There's even a name for this type of string, although alas I've forgotten it.

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 09:38 AM

3. Trump only hires the best people (who apply).

But the best people will never apply!

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:15 PM

5. Trumps writes well in that letter

But, then I doubt he wrote it. Too many full sentences and a varied vocabulary and not enough adverbs and adjectives. Plus I see periods.

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:18 PM

6. ONLY two? someone else must have written it.

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:22 PM

7. I would rather swear at him in Japanese

バカ! ドジ! 間抜け!

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 01:13 PM

8. Thank you for your paying due attention to this. nt

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Response to KingCharlemagne (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 01:15 PM

9. Message deleted by DU the Administrators

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