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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Read [mailto:steve -at- readonly -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 3:56 PM
> To: Bonnie Granat
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: Singular or Plural?
> Bonnie Granat wrote:
> >> The latter, because you must have parallel construction of
> the two things:
> >> analysis and assistance.
> >> You wouldn't say "We had discussions and dancing," but you
> would say, "We
> >> had discussion and dancing."
> >> Bonnie Granat
> >> http://www.GranatEdit.com
> Have you never had tea and cakes?
> Steve Read
Of course there will be idosyncratic exceptions to the rule, such as that of
"ham and eggs" or "tea and cakes," and had "tea and cakes" been asked about,
of course nobody would say it was wrong because it wasn't parallel. So why
did you write that? Do you disagree with the general rule of parallelism?
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