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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2017 07:14 am
Is the following sentence correct for word choice and punctuation?

We have the roof demo scheduled for 1/2/18, weather permitting and if the ice and snow has melted off of the roof.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2017 11:45 am
@dabbadabba,
The sentence is acceptable.
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centrox
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Reply Thu 28 Dec, 2017 12:10 pm
"Off of" when you mean "from" (formal) or "off" (less formal) is seen by many as incorrect and illiterate.
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Glennn
 
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Reply Fri 29 Dec, 2017 10:36 am
". . . if the ice and snow has melted off of the roof.

Shouldn't it be: ". . . if the ice and snow have melted off of the roof."

And if not, why not?
centrox
 
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Reply Fri 29 Dec, 2017 11:31 am
@Glennn,
Glennn wrote:
And if not, why not?

Could be 'has' if the ice and snow is regarded as one thing (frozen stuff), or 'have' if they are regarded as separate things. Both are OK.

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firefly
 
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Reply Fri 29 Dec, 2017 12:11 pm
@dabbadabba,
Quote:

We have the roof demo scheduled for 1/2/18, weather permitting and if the ice and snow has melted off of the roof.


I think I would add an additional comma after the word "permitting". It helps to separate the topic of the weather from the condition of the roof.

We have the roof demo scheduled for 1/2/18, weather permitting, and if the ice and snow has melted off of the roof.

I would also omit the words "off of"--substituting "from" instead.

So, I would write the sentence as...

We have the roof demo scheduled for 1/2/18, weather permitting, and if the ice and snow has melted from the roof.
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