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Please check the grammar and punctuation in these sentences.
  1. These functions are increasingly being outsourced to other corporations that/who can perform the activities better or more cost effectively.
  2. The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations. (Do we need a comma after demand)
  3. The purpose of supply chain management is to improve trust and collaboration among supply chain partners, thus improving inventory visibility and improving inventory velocity. (Do we need a comma after partners)
  4. It is best to have a moderator who will take no one’s side; a person who is a friend of both of you. (The last pronoun "you" doesn't sound correct)
  5. This is the final and most probably the last chance for you to think that is that what you want. (Do we need a question mark here. Also is the stracture of the sentence is correct)
GB
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Hi,

  1. These functions are increasingly being outsourced to other corporations that can perform the activities better or more cost-effectively.
  2. The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations. (Do we need a comma after demand) A comma will change the meaning. With a comma, the following clause realtes to the 'effect'. Without one, it relates to 'companies involved in'.
  3. The purpose of supply chain management is to improve trust and collaboration among supply chain partners, thus improving inventory visibility and inventory velocity. (Do we need a comma after partners) Yes
  4. It is best to have a moderator who will take no one’s side, a person who is a friend of both of you. (The last pronoun "you" doesn't sound correct) Seems OK to me if you are talking to the two sides.
  5. This is the final and most probably the last chance for you to think that is that what you want. (Do we need a question mark here? No, there is no question in your main sentence. Also is the structure of the sentence is correct) 'Final' seems to make 'last' redundant. 'To think that is that what you want' is ungrammatical and hard to understand. You need to reword it.


  6. Best wishes, Clive
Need further help with these two.
CliveThe effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations. (Do we need a comma after demand) A comma will change the meaning. With a comma, the following clause realtes to the 'effect'. Without one, it relates to 'companies involved in'.

Please explain teh meaning of the sentence in each case.
CliveThis is the final and most probably the last chance for you to think that is that what you want. (Do we need a question mark here? No, there is no question in your main sentence. Also is the structure of the sentence is correct) 'Final' seems to make 'last' redundant. 'To think that is that what you want' is ungrammatical and hard to understand. You need to reword it.
Reword: This most probably is the last chance for you to think whether is that/it what you really want. (Is it correct now? If not, please give me a good alternative top express it.)

GB
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Hi,

Need further help with these two.

Clive wrote:


The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations. (Do we need a comma after demand) A comma will change the meaning. With a comma, the following clause realtes to the 'effect'. Without one, it relates to 'companies involved in'.

Please explain the meaning of the sentence in each case.

The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations.

The effect has been to increase this . . . . while reducing that . . .

The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand while reducing management control of daily logistics operations.

The effect has been to increase the number of companies. These companies were involved in satisfying consumer demand while reducing management control of daily logistics operations.

Clive wrote:


This is the final and most probably the last chance for you to think that is that what you want. (Do we need a question mark here? No, there is no question in your main sentence. Also is the structure of the sentence is correct) 'Final' seems to make 'last' redundant. 'To think that is that what you want' is ungrammatical and hard to understand. You need to reword it.
Reword: This most probably is the last chance for you to think whether is that/it what you really want. (Is it correct now? No. If not, please give me a good alternative top express it. OK)

This most probably is the last chance for you to think about whether that/it is what you really want.

Best wishes, Clive
WOW! that was great. Can you tell me how this sentence changes its form with and without comma so that I could know it as a general rule.
GB
Hi,

The effect has been to increase the number of companies involved in satisfying consumer demand, while reducing management control of daily logistics operations.

Can you tell me how this sentence changes its form with and without comma so that I could know it as a general rule. I'd rather not try to make a general rule, because so much depends on what is being said and on the specific syntax. eg the use of satisfying and reducing suggests that these are parallel, in the sense that they are both activities the companies are involved in.

I'll jut comment that, very generally speaking, a comma makes the following clause less 'tied' to the preceding noun.

As you read a lot and as your English improves, you'll slowly develop more feeling for understanding this kind of thing.Emotion: smile

best wishes, Clive
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Thank You Clive. I myself don't like to learn thousands of rules since it's not easy to remember them all. Also there are many exceptions where many rules dopn't apply. So, it's better to rely more on reading that rote memorization.
Thanks

GB
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