General Writing and Grammar Help/To start-up / To manage

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Dear Ted,
Please indicate if the following two sentences are grammatically correct. If they are not, then please correct them.
Sentences:
1. I started-up several R&M electro-mechanical laboratories.
2. I managed local inventory, keeping only the necessary R&M stock.
Thank you,
Leonardo

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Dear Leonardo:

I will work on your cover letter tomorrow.  I am overwhelmed today.

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Sentences:
1. I started-up several R&M electro-mechanical laboratories.
2. I managed local inventory, keeping only the necessary R&M stock.

*** Both sentences are correct, but I would suggest two changes:

#1 -- Most dictionaries use "START UP" as a phrasal verb.  There are some
that recognize "start-up," but it is usually the adjective form:  a start-up business.

#2 -- Rearrange this sentence so it it "flows" better.  Put the participle phrase
first:  Keeping only the necessary R&M stock, I managed local inventory.

Ted

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