Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: “Courtney’s purportedly falling short of shoring up fourth quadrant support,” said Princess Carolyn.
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.
Needs a period instead of a comma at the end. Other than that, I think it's okay. Just a weird sentence.
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.
Why do you keep asking these? Just curious
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.
*I also believe that
I believe so.
I love Bojack's tongue twisters
Looks like it. And confirmed by Tom
Absolutely correct as is.
Well, then. I’m changing my answer! 😊
Yep! Besides, who am I to question Princess Carolyn’s comment?
I think it’s supposed to be fourth-quadrant, but I might be wrong on this one.
In this case, you’re right. “Fourth-quadrant support” is preferable. Full explanation above.