not because – frogs02

1. Coats wasn’t fired because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription. He was fired for violating workplace policy.

Coats was fired but not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription, but for violating workplace policy.

2. An employer isn’t able to fire a person who has anxiety because they are taking the correct medication to deal with the issue.

An employer is allowed to fire you, but not for having anxiety that you are taking the correct medication to deal with this issue. 

3. Employees don’t get fired for going out and having a few beers after work because alcohol is legal, but in Colorado so is marijuana.

Employees can get fired, but not for going out and having beers after work because alcohol is legal, but so is marijuana in Colorado.

4. Coats shouldn’t have been fired because he was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis.

Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired for that. 

5. It’s not fair to discriminate against him because he was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana.

He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana, he should not be discriminated against.

6. Coats wasn’t harming anyone at his job because he was smoking marijuana but he was doing so on his own time and not at work.

Coats was harming people when he was smoking marijuana on his own time, not at his job. 

BACKGROUND FOR 7-10: The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.

7. Omar Gonzalez didn’t penetrate deep into the White House because of the swift actions of Secret Service agents.

The Secret Service’s swift actions were not the reason for Omar Gonzalez’s penetration of the White House.

8. The Secret Service isn’t being compelled to explain its actions because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House, but how the breach occurred is under question.

The Secret Service is being compelled to explain its actions about how the breach occurred is under question not because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House. 

9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson won’t be fired because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. Her incompetence might cost her her job though.

Secret Service chief Julia Pierson might get fired because of her incompetence, not because of her testimony before Congress yesterday. 

10. Secret Service agents didn’t use deadly force against the intruder because he was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade.

The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, that is why the Secret Service did not use deadly force against him.

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1 Response to not because – frogs02

  1. davidbdale says:

    1. Coats was fired but not because he was using a legal drug, marijuana, for a legitimate purpose for which he had a prescription, but for violating workplace policy.
    —Good, but you can’t use BOTH a BUT NOT clause AND a BUT FOR clause in the same sentence. Can you streamline?

    2. An employer is allowed to fire you, but not for having anxiety that you are taking the correct medication to deal with this issue.
    —Good, but your sentence is missing a for. FOR what are you taking the medication?

    3. Employees can get fired, but not for going out and having beers after work because alcohol is legal, but so is marijuana in Colorado.
    —Fine until the “but so is marijuana.” Terrible syntax.

    4. Coats was trying to treat the pain he endured on a daily basis and should not have been fired for that.
    —Now you’re talkin’. 🙂

    5. He was able to ease the pain of his multiple spasms by using marijuana, he should not be discriminated against.
    —Terrific except that you might need to know when to use a semicolon.

    6. Coats was harming people when he was smoking marijuana on his own time, not at his job.
    —I disagree with your interpretation of the original sentence, but that does not disqualify your grammatical solution to the problem I posed. Good work!

    7. The Secret Service’s swift actions were not the reason for Omar Gonzalez’s penetration of the White House.
    —Again, a perfectly legitimate, grammatical solution to the problem of Not/because.

    8. The Secret Service is being compelled to explain its actions about how the breach occurred is under question not because of the way it responded to the breach of the White House.
    —You performed this one in haste, I think. It contains a borderline offensive: “is being compelled to explain its actions is under question.”

    9. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson might get fired because of her incompetence, not because of her testimony before Congress yesterday.
    —Yeah. Brilliant.

    10. The intruder was carrying a knife with a 4-inch blade, that is why the Secret Service did not use deadly force against him.
    —Not perfect. Any weapon deep in the White House might warrant deadly force. Can you indicate that it was the SMALLNESS of the weapon that explained their reticence to shoot Gonzales?

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