can anyone please tell me if the following is correct:-

"I have never meant to be nasty to anyone, above all else my wife, and especially all of my family, above all else my wife, and in particular all of my wife's family."

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nick posted:

can anyone please tell me if the following is correct:-

"I have never meant to be nasty to anyone, above all else my wife, and especially all of my family, above all else my wife, and in particular all of my wife's family."

Hi, Nick. Welcome back!

No, the sentence is not correct. But it looks as if you forgot what you were typing midway through the sentence, repeating yourself and then blundering through to the end. It's always a good idea to reread what we have written. What would improve your sentence greatly is a shift from "above all else" to "least of all":

  • I have never meant to be nasty to anyone, least of all to my wife, to my family, or to my wife's family.

I have also changed "and" to "or," since "or" fits the meaning you intend.

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