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JLe May 30th, 2018 1:53am

Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: “Courtney’s purportedly falling short of shoring up fourth quadrant support,” said Princess Carolyn.

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JLe
06/06/18 7:52 am

There are no significant grammatical mistakes in this sentence. However, as a few people have pointed out, there should be a hyphen in “fourth quadrant support,” making it “fourth-quadrant support.” Here, “fourth” functions as an ordinal number and adjective, “quadrant” as a noun, and “support” as a noun as well. Together, “fourth” and “quadrant” form what’s called a compound adjective, which modifies a noun. The hyphen shows that “fourth quadrant” modifies “support,” rather than “fourth” modifying “quadrant support.” If “fourth quadrant” stood on its own/without a noun to modify, no hyphen would be necessary. Search “compound adjective hyphen” for more information.
Fun Fact: The sentence in this poll is a misquote from s4e3 of “BoJack Horseman.” The original transcript says “four-quadrant support.” This line is one of the show’s many examples of assonance, or repetition of vowel sounds; here, an “or” sound is repeated.

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John1 Florida
06/02/18 9:14 am

Needs a period instead of a comma at the end. Other than that, I think it's okay. Just a weird sentence.

JLe
06/06/18 7:20 am

Hi, John. Thanks for commenting. The comma before “said” is fine. Commas should precede dialogue tags. “Said Princess Carolyn” could not stand as its own sentence.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/30/18 10:51 am

Why do you keep asking these? Just curious

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JLe
05/30/18 11:44 am

It seems there are a handful of people who are interested in these questions, and it encourages me to continue learning as well (I have a CMOS book to help along the way). I’m also a firm believer that language influences argument.

JLe
05/30/18 11:49 am

*I also believe that

Kyle5 TN
05/29/18 11:17 pm

I believe so.

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bower8899 ...
05/29/18 10:08 pm

I love Bojack's tongue twisters

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/29/18 7:33 pm

Absolutely correct as is.

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lcamino Florida
05/29/18 8:17 pm

Well, then. I’m changing my answer! 😊

tdaddy diversity
05/29/18 8:31 pm

Yep! Besides, who am I to question Princess Carolyn’s comment?

CrzyChica
05/29/18 6:58 pm

I think it’s supposed to be fourth-quadrant, but I might be wrong on this one.

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Reckoner Overseas
05/29/18 10:42 pm

You’re correct.

JLe
06/06/18 7:22 am

In this case, you’re right. “Fourth-quadrant support” is preferable. Full explanation above.