Oops! There are either no posts or due to a filter there are no posts to display.

The above is at the head of the space that shows personal messages waiting to be read. I believe the sentence lacks the parallel structure of which we should be aware. In 'either - or' sentences, the two phrases or clasuses should be of balance. The existing sentence should be more like:

'Either there are no posts or there are no posts to display due to a filter'; (Either --> there are +......, or there are +......)

OR

'There are either no posts to display or no posts to display because of a filter. (There are --> either + noun, or + noun)

This is a great site, and I've been enjoying it, so I don't want to be overly critical; but I think parallel structure in writing is as important as placement of prepositions, subject-verb agreement, etc.

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Interesting. Would you accept:

Oops! There are either no posts or, due to a filter, there are no posts to display.

MrP
MrPedanticInteresting. Would you accept:

Oops! There are either no post or, due to a filter, there are no posts to display.

MrP

Your sentence still isn't parallel in construction. Take another look at my construction examples. Yours would work, but I wouldn't like it, as "There are either no posts, or, due to a filter, no posts to display.

'Either' and 'or' coming just before 'no' ['due to a filter', with commas doesn't interfer with the parallelism].

Thanks for the interest.
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Should it not be, "Learn English Free of Charge"?

or

"Learn English, No Fee"?

or even "Learn English Free"?
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O also - i'll mark this post and add that to the language files (which were written by microsoft) Blame them Emotion: stick out tongue
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