Contemporary essays, fiction, and opinion offered regularly by author Anne Brandt.

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Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Chandler asks...
Can you tell me all the grammar in this sentence? -Archaeologists plan to remove the mummy of Tutankhamen to solve the mystery of his death.
Anne answers...
I wish I could tell you all the grammar in this sentence, but it would take quite a while. I'm not sure if you want parts of speech, a diagram of the sentence, or what. So . . . since I'm in the dark, I'll give you the Reader's Digest Condensed Version. First, this sentence is correct. Second it is a tricky simple sentence with the primary clause being "Archaeologists plan to remove the mummy of Tutankhamen" and a subordinate clause "to solve the mystery of his death." It contains five nouns, three verbs, several prepositions, one pronoun, and one punctuation mark. And it could be changed considerably with the addition of the word "and" after the word "Tutankham." If this is not what you wanted, let me know.
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