This is a cite from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby : are you telling me is incorrect?


the word certain should be there or not

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His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was . .
asked May 19 '11 at 22:21 Claudia New member

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link comment answered Jul 27 '11 at 12:57 Musab New member

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link comment answered Jul 27 '11 at 12:58 Musab New member

Actually, that is not an error.  "Starting" is used as an adjective here, not a verb, since it modifies place.  Sometimes you would use a hyphen when using a verb form as a noun.  However, if this is a direct quote from the book, and copied faithfully, you would leave it as it is.


Grammarly is made for the main body of text.  I would not used it on direct quotes, formatting characters, HTML code, programming languages, or bibliographies, since it was not made for scanning those.

link comment answered May 07 '12 at 02:41 Courtney Contributor

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