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Using 'said' as part of a compound verb

Those are not compound verbs. A compound verb is a single verb that consists of more than one word, like "give up", "call out", "play down". Your examples have two verbs: ...
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Which one is grammatically correct, with "have" or without "have"?

Your question concerns ellipsis, omitting one or more words obviously understood but needed to parse the grammar. For this to occur, you need two strictly parallel elements joined by a coordinating ...
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Is the repitition of 'can' in this sentence a use of poor grammar?

It's certainly not ungrammatical. certain files can be reduced in size and can still retain all crucial information Removing the second "can" could make the sentence slightly ambiguous. Consider ...
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"No one is easy to talk to"

All the (a) versions are fine. There's a problem with 1b and 2b. We can talk to someone, but we can't say, for example, "I talk to." (With the sentence ending at the period.) And that is ...
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Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?

I feel like this is a stylistic choice. Commenters seem to be getting hung up on the OPs sentence and the use of the word "anyway," vs. the actual question at hand. If we replace that ...
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Serial comma before "and should be approved" or is it a compound predicate that does not require a comma?

Generally, we don't include a comma before the and if we're combining two parts of a single clause. For example, you wouldn't use a comma in a sentence like (a) "I like bread and butter" or (b) "I ...
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Compound subjects and compound sentences

[1] John and Harry sang well. [2] John sang well and Harry sang well. A lower-level distributive coordination like that in [1] can be expanded into a logically equivalent main-clause one, as in [2]. ...
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Repeating a subject twice - a matter of style or grammar?

In a comment, FumbleFingers wrote: It's just a stylistic choice. But one factor you should take into account is that the more intervening text you have between the first use of the relevant noun ...
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Punctuation of compound predicate where the first item ends in a list?

Strictly speaking, there should be no comma before and in your second example, because, as you say, and learn Y is not a full clause, but an elliptical clause: the words the projects was created to ...
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