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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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Kitty from Georgia asks...
Is this grammatically correct? If you do not comply with these instructions, this will prevent your not being admitted to the class.
Anne answers...
No. Here are two ways this sentence can be fixed: If you do not comply with these instructions, this will prevent your being admitted to the class. OR: If you do not comply with these instructions, you will not be admitted to the class. The second sentence is, in my mind, more clear.
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