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grammar question
« on: September 23, 2004, 10:42:13 AM »
"I chose to spend the next year working full-time rather than immediately return to school."

Is this sentence gramatically correct? (should there be a hyphen in full time, and should I use "return" instead of "returning?"

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004, 10:46:14 AM »
I chose to spend the next year working full-time rather than (immediately returning to school/returning to school immediately).

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Rather than returning to school immediately, I chose to spend the next year working full-time.

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2004, 11:30:22 AM »
thanks hoya lawya.... essay edge corrected my sentence from "returning" to "return"... but returning sounded correct to me.

Anyone else?

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2004, 11:39:31 AM »
I'd go with:

Rather than returning to school, I chose to spend the next year working full-time.

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2004, 12:03:26 PM »
Whatever way you decide on the sentence, if you keep the same tense, it would definitely be returning not return. The person who corrected it must have made a mistake.
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Re: grammar question
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2004, 12:35:16 PM »
After thinking about this, I think my editor was right.

"After returning from Africa near the end of 2000, I chose to spend the next year working full-time rather than immediately return to school."

If I just wrote "I chose to immediately returning to school," it obviously would be wrong.  I think that's why it's return on not returning......?

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2004, 12:46:12 PM »
Yes, you needed to give us the entire sentence. The person who edited your paper was correct with return in the complete sentence that you just listed, however in the partial sentence that you gave us when you originally posted, returning would be correct.

I think you need to pick a sentence first, then decide whether return or returning makes sense in that specific sentence.
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Re: grammar question
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2004, 12:48:46 PM »
excellent, thanks for the help!

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Re: grammar question
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2004, 03:28:16 PM »
I disagree with shadowcreeper.  The part before the comma does not affect the grammar of the rest of your sentence.  I think it should still be returning.  I also think you should PM Lexy to come to this thread and clear it up for you.
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Re: grammar question
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2004, 03:30:54 PM »
After thinking about this, I think my editor was right.

"After returning from Africa near the end of 2000, I chose to spend the next year working full-time rather than immediately return to school."

If I just wrote "I chose to immediately returning to school," it obviously would be wrong.  I think that's why it's return on not returning......?

I would also consider axing one of the returns (2 is too many for one sentence).

How about:
"After returning from Africa near the end of 2000, I chose to spend the next year working full-time instead of immediately resuming my studies."