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Can someone help me out with this sentence and tellme what need to be corrected..

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Though I tend to wait until the last minute to begin my tasks or assignments I tend to finish them before the deadline.
asked Jan 13 '13 at 03:09 Jessica New member

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The first part of your sentence is an introductory dependent clause. It requires a comma to separate it from the rest of the sentence. I would replace one of the 'tends' with 'usually'.

 

Though I usually wait until the last minute to begin my tasks or assignments, I tend to finish them before the deadline.

link comment answered Jan 13 '13 at 03:40 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Here's my two cents, just to be contrary.  I agree that you shouldn't use "tend to" twice.  I would flip them the other way, though.

 

Though I tend to wait until the last minute to begin my tasks or assignments, I usually finish them before the deadline.

 

;-)

I'm still bored.  It would be nice if this forum were better suited to conversation.

link answered Jan 13 '13 at 04:11 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I almost wrote the sentence twice with the 'tend to' switched, but we've got a new puppy who chews on my arm while I'm typing. My flesh is in tatters. Hope you're feeling better.

Lewis NeidhardtJan 13 '13 at 12:26

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It seems a toss-up as to which is the best, and I'd like to hear other opinions.  Which is more frequent, tending to wait or usually waitingTending to finish or usually finishing?  I would probably have to vote for Patty here, but it is definitely an open question.

 

Does a "tendency" pull rank over the adverb of frequency usually? Hmm...

link comment answered Jan 13 '13 at 13:15 Shawn Mooney Expert

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