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Hello Deborah,
I have a question for you about the usage of the word “influence”. Are the following sentences grammatically correct?
1. My friend is a bad influence on me.
2. My friend has a bad influence on me.
3. My friend is a bad influence.
4. My friend is a bad influence, thus, I want to stop hanging out with him.

I am so thankful to you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me. I hope you have a great day.

Hello Glen,

Sentence 1 is correct as it is written.

Sentence 2 is also correct the difference is the verb tense.  

Sentence 3 is a bit confusing because it does not explain on whom the influence is bad. It is implied that the influence is on me.

Sentence 4 is not conversational with the use of the word 'thus'.  I would change it to:

My friend is a bad influence so I want to stop hanging out with him.  OR, ... so I do not want to hang out with him.


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Essays--I can assist students with questions concerning the process of writing an essay including preparation of an outline, development of a topic, development of the thesis statement and topic sentences, and paragraph development. I can assist students in helping them determine the proper rhetorical modes for their essay (narration, illustration, description, process analysis, comparison and contrast, and argumentation. I am able to answer questions concerning rules of style for a research paper including referencing sources. I am able to address questions regarding punctuation and grammar.


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