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    Language advice (pretty noobie I know :)


    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if the following sentence would be correct in English. In a nutshell i want to write down a range from a to d and e to f.

    since 1000 bc we served a wide variety of clients. From frogs to gorilla's and from chickens to horses.
    ( i kind of literally translated it to English

    Thanks in advance!

    P.s. google translate suggests I should remove the second "from" that correct?
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    * Capitalize "since"
    * "bc" should be capitalized too
    * "We served" suggests they have stopped while "we have served" suggests they are still serving
    * "From..." should not be its own sentence. A comma is typical but a semicolon is more appropriate. A colon would be better if that leading "from" was not there (ie, there was a list).
    * No apostrophe for "gorilla's" because it is not possessive (just like the others)
    Since 1000 BC we have served a wide variety of clients; from frogs to gorillas and from chickens to horses.
    * Style: there are other, possibly more popular, options than the "from A to B and from X to Y" structure:
    from frogs to gorillas, from chickens to horses
    from frogs to gorillas, to chickens, [and] to horses
    (the "and" is optional, has more effect without)
    from frogs to gorillas, chickens, and horses
    ...clients: frogs to gorillas, chickens to horses
    With a long list another form entirely might sound better.
    including frogs, gorillas, chickens, and horses

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    • aeternus agrees : thanks alot, as always
    • ishnid agrees
    • DaWei_M agrees : I see far too little (virtually no) proper usage.
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    hi requinix,

    lots and lots of thanks for your explanation. Really helpfull.

    cheers!
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    A good and cool explanation...

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