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robjen
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 3:35:23 AM
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(ex) During class, John worked on and then handed in the writing assignment.


Is it grammatically correct to say "worked on and then handed in"? Thanks for your help.
ChrisKC
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Not specially grammatically incorrect but more likely in spoken and written English the sentence would be, "During class, John worked on, then handed in his written assignment", Equally, acceptable would be, "During class, John worked on his written assignment then handed it in.
sureshot
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robjen wrote:
(ex) During class, John worked on and then handed in the writing assignment.


Is it grammatically correct to say "worked on and then handed in"? Thanks for your help.

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John has done two actions which are in fact two sub-events of one action. The two actions have a cause and effect relationship. In my view, the use of "then" is superfluous. If at all you wish to emphasize the sequence of actions, you may like to use "thereafter" instead of "then".

A better sentence is:

- During (the)class, John worked on and (thereafter) handed in the writing assignment.

The use of phrasal verb "worked on" (= to try very hard to improve or achieve something) is correct. Similarly, the use of phrasal verb "handed in" (= to give something to someone in authority) conveys the desired sense.
Jessica Jones
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robjen wrote:
(ex) During class, John worked on and then handed in the writing assignment.


Is it grammatically correct to say "worked on and then handed in"? Thanks for your help.


It looks grammatically incorrect. Rather you can write: During class, john has completed and also submitted his written assignment
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 3:45:55 AM
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ChrisKC wrote:
"During class, John worked on, then handed in his written assignment."


That looks like a run-on sentence to me. You could correct it by putting 'and' before 'then', and adding a comma after 'in'.


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"During class, John worked on his written assignment then handed it in.


That would work with 'and' before'then'.
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 3:49:06 AM
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sureshot wrote:
During (the)class, John worked on and (thereafter) handed in the writing assignment..


'Thereafter' sound most unnatural in that sentence to this speaker of BrE. 'Then' is more natural.
BobShilling
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Jessica Jones wrote:
During class, john has completed and also submitted his written assignment


That works only if the class is still in progress. I see no need for 'also'.
Jai Krishan
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John has done two actions which are in fact two sub-events of one action. The two actions have a cause and effect relationship. In my view, the use of "then" is superfluous. If at all you wish to emphasize the sequence of actions, you may like to use "thereafter" instead of "then".
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