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Offline Malcolm

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Grammar of a Formal Sentence
« on: December 30, 2018, 12:04:45 am »
Dear teachers,

The following is a very formal sentence. May I know whether it is grammatical.

1. I shall forward you proofs of my expenses that I, as recently as on the 27th of Dec, have personally incurred, and have helped to defray the medical costs of someone.

Thank you very much for your time and help.


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Re: Grammar of a Formal Sentence
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 08:09:26 am »
I think it is grammatically OK, but seems to lose something in the final part. Perhaps 'which' before 'have' (#2) would clarify things a little. It seems odd to end such a formal sentence like that.

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Re: Grammar of a Formal Sentence
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 12:01:31 am »
Thank you very much, Darryl.

The writer did two things: one, incurred some expenses when he helped Mr. A; two, he helped Mrs. B by defraying her medical costs. Hence, do you think your suggested relative pronoun, "which", can be safely omitted?

Thank you, Darryl, for your time and help.

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Re: Grammar of a Formal Sentence
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2019, 12:19:09 pm »


The writer did two things: one, incurred some expenses when he helped Mr. A; two, he helped Mrs. B by defraying her medical costs.



This is not made clear in your original sentence, Malcolm. I'm sure the sentence could be expressed in better form to include all the relevant material and make the meaning clear:

I shall forward you proofs of expenses I have personally incurred (as recently as Dec 27) in helping defray the medical costs of Mr A and Mrs B.

If that's what you mean.  :)

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Re: Grammar of a Formal Sentence
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2019, 07:55:56 am »
Thank you very much, Darryl. Sorry for the late reply.