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Can someone please tell me whether the following (specifically the "A good thing, too –" part) is grammatically correct and why?

"Nearly 3 million people have taken on the role of caregiver for an elderly family member or someone with long-term health problems. A good thing, too – healthcare cutbacks, a reduced emphasis on institutional care and a scarcity of..."

Thanks everyone!
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Hi,

Welcome to the Forum.

Can someone please tell me whether the following (specifically the "A good thing, too –" part) is grammatically correct and why?

"Nearly 3 million people have taken on the role of caregiver for an elderly family member or someone with long-term health problems. A good thing, too – healthcare cutbacks, a reduced emphasis on institutional care and a scarcity of..."

It's a fragment of a sentence that is incomplete, so it is not really appropriate to comment on the grammar until it is complete.

However, when you start with A good thing, too, as we often do in informal speech, it is hard or impossible to finish with 100% correct grammar. You'd need to start with something like 'It is a good thing, too, because of ......'.

On the other hand, healthcare cutbacks, a reduced emphasis on institutional care and a scarcity of... sounds like it was written by someone whose grasp of grammar is likely to be pretty good.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks for your reply, Clive. Since the answer to my question is that starting a sentence with "A good thing, too -- " is grammatically incorrect, my next question is...how terrible is it to write something for print in the same way that we speak informally? (The text in question is from a brochure describing and promoting a product.) Does it give the brochure a friendly and accessible tone or does it reflect badly on the company selling the product?

Thanks once again!
Hi,

I'd say that it gives the brochure a friendly and accessible tone.

It all depends on your aim and on your audience, really, so I'd go with what you think is best.

Good luck! Clive