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Why is the following phrase incorrect?

".. best illustrates how Los Angeles can survive, let alone thrive, with the American League’s top record .. "
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it should be thrive, let alone survive.. right?
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it should be thrive, let alone survive.. right?
lol. No. That's what I thought at first. Although that at least makes the phrase make sense, it's still incorrect
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The LA Dodgers are in the National League

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".. best illustrates how Los Angeles can survive, let alone thrive, with the American League’s top record .. "
I would guess it's the use of "let alone"...

".. best illustrates how Los Angeles can survive, better yet thrive, with the American League’s top record .. "

'let alone' doesn't reinforce the original idea of the sentence- is that it?

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The sentence is incomplete,so it's wrong?
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^it's a phrase so as long as it contains a single thought it doesn't have to be a complete sentence- but nice try.

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Illustrate not illustrates?

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The LA Dodgers are in the National League
I just remembered Anaheim changed names.

Anyhoo... I think "let alone" is usually used after a negative statement. He should change it to "not to mention" which is used after a positive statemtnt

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Why is the following phrase incorrect?

".. best illustrates how Los Angeles can survive, let alone thrive, with the American League’s top record .. "
".. best illustrates how Los Angeles can survive, let alone thrive, with the American League’s top record .. "

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I just remembered Anaheim changed names.

Anyhoo... I think "let alone" is usually used after a negative statement. He should change it to "not to mention" which is used after a positive statemtnt
That's basically what I said as well (see above), I'm pretty sure that's it; he just hasn't been back to let us know...

'not to mention' is the best choice, although 'better yet' works too..

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