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Instead, you’ll use a higher-level model called ASP.NET AJAX. ASP.NET AJAX gives you a set of server-side components and controls that you can use when designing your web page.

This does not seem correct to me, at least in this case.

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While I'm not aware of a particular grammatical rule that would prohibit this, as a matter of style, I would prefer not to do what you're suggesting there, especially with something like ASP.NET AJAX. I would suggest something like:

Instead, you’ll use a higher-level model called ASP.NET AJAX. This toolkit gives you a set of server-side components and controls that you can use when designing your web page.

You can replace toolkit with something more appropriate if you prefer.

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I saw this in a book I am reading and decided it could make a decent question here. I'd definitely like to know if there is a grammatical rule. –  Fosco Nov 15 '10 at 21:04
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@Fosco: As Dusty says (correctly), there is no rule actually prohibiting this. And, in the right situations, it can be done intentionally for added effect. –  Kosmonaut Nov 15 '10 at 21:20
    
@Kosmonaut: Excellent point. As a rhetorical device, it could be quite helpful. –  Dusty Nov 15 '10 at 21:34
    
@Kosmonaut Thanks to you both. –  Fosco Nov 15 '10 at 23:03

Yes. You just did.

I don't know of any rule forbidding it and even if there was it likely is simply a best practice.

As with most things, avoid it if it makes the sentences hard to read or sound awkward, even if it is technically correct.

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Ha ha. Title has been updated. –  Fosco Nov 15 '10 at 21:00

It is a recognised rhetorical device. That said, when you are not going for rhetoric it may be best if you avoided it.

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Thanks!. –  Fosco Nov 16 '10 at 14:28

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