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Who was this guy exactly? 'Well, there's a query and a half for instance. Tops, as the myriad intricacies undoubtably associated would have it for the $64,000,000 question any day of the week.'

My question is whether 'as the....week.', if that within the quotation makrs consititues a full sentnece or whether it is in fact only a fragment. And, if it is only a fragment does the word 'Tops' beforehand do enough to 'defragmentise' it so that, then, the whole word grouping becomes a proper sentence?
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Yes, and the point is that the sentence must be laboriously explained. Sorry, but a Herman Melville you ain't.
Mister MicawberYes, and the point is that the sentence must be laboriously explained. Sorry, but a Herman Melville you ain't.
It goes without saying that I, and most others for that matter, would suffer greatly in comparisson with Melville. Once again though, that the original narrative, as laid down by myslef, should be representative of a thing taxing is, and I'll say so again, ABSURD! How or why should something as simple require laborious expenditure? The cat sat on the mat is scarcely less demanding!
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How many intelligent native speakers of English need to tell you that the sentence is unclear before you consider it possible that the sentence is unclear? Two? Three? Ninety-six?
JIM1984there's query and a half
I could understand "a query and a half," (meaning "one and a half queries," although I don't know why anyone would say that) but not "query and a half."

[EDITED -- I see now that the original post did say "a query and a half." Apparently I was taking quotes from the fifth post in the thread, in which JIM1984 was replying to Clive. In that post the "a" is missing, and the whole sentence was so confusing it didn't occur to me that it might just be a typo. Sorry!]
JIM1984as the myriad intricacies undoubtably associated would have it
"intricacies undoubtably associated....." ?? huh??? "associated" cannot be used after the noun like this unless it's "associated with something". With what?

The only way I can get any sense out of these words is if I reagrrange them like this:
"as the myriad associated intricacies undoubtably would have it..."

Is that what you mean to say? You know, in English you can't just arbitrarily rearrange words in a sentence and retain meaning.

Also, "undoubtably" may be recognized by some dictionaries, but I believe most grammarians consider it a substandard form of "undoubtedly."
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JIM1984as the myriad intricacies undoubtably associated would have it
"intricacies undoubtably associated....." ?? huh??? "
First off, sorry about both typos; you're correct about undoubtedly.
So, in keeping with your own assessment what's left, errorwise, is no more than that quoted above. Well, I'm truly and humbly sorry for not a whole lot, if you don't mind very much. How, in the whole wide world, could anybody fail to link 'the myriad intricacies undoubtedly assocaited' with anyhthing other than the question at hand i.e. '... a query and a half, etc'? It's a hard life - ninty-seven and counting!
JIM1984Ponder Moby , and be aware that, arguably, 'The Great American Novel' was universally savaged when first published. It's author never regained his reputation, and ended up employed as a night-watchman in a warehouse. It was the best part of a century, I believe, before the novel was recognised as a masterpiece.
Regrettably, at age 75 I shall have to leave that pleasurable recognition to others. Emotion: crying (I too have served my time among the night watchmen.)

Chin up! - A.
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JIM1984Ponder Moby , and be aware that, arguably, 'The Great American Novel' was universally savaged when first published. It's author never regained his reputation, and ended up employed as a night-watchman in a warehouse. It was the best part of a century, I believe, before the novel was recognised as a masterpiece.
Regrettably, at age 75 I shall have to leave that pleasurable recognition to others. (I too have served my time among the night watchmen.)Chin up! - A.
You shold have got there before the rest then - made a name for yourself. I don't know what it is you're on about really. As for myself, I'm often feel that I'm being forced, metaphorically speaking, to assume the role of chess player on these forums - search and destroy, if that's what's called for!
This post seems to have disappeared off the grammar forum. This is just a test to confirm one way or the other.
Sort of like a pin in a voodoo doll, Jim.
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Mister MicawberSort of like a pin in a voodoo doll, Jim.
Good man yourself, I've only just found this reply of yours. Seriously though, why was my post removed? Was it because I was acting the goat a bit? I don't think I was being nasty. I'm direct; I wont' deny that, but I'm not sarcastic. Is there anybody who might be able to tell me, specifically, what the reason was? I mean, it would be good for everybody all round, not least myself, if I could be advised as to what the problem was. You're an administrator, so perhaps you might be the best to ask. Live and let live, pity the meek, etc.
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