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    Lightbulb Usage of Logic and Confusion

    Hi,

    Is it correct to say...

    "There is a logic in it."
    "There is confusion."

    are these sentences grammatically correct?
    what could be the various correct forms.
    and do native speakers use them?

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    Default Re: Usage of Logic and Confusion

    They are grammatically correct. With the first, I'd say '...logic to it' if I meant that the whole thing was logical, like a scheme; 'in' refers to a part IMO.

    The second would require some context to make it meaningful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They are grammatically correct. With the first, I'd say '...logic to it' if I meant that the whole thing was logical, like a scheme; 'in' refers to a part IMO.

    The second would require some context to make it meaningful.
    Thanks for your reply...
    Wont it be more appropriate to use This is logical
    or It is confusing or This is confusing?

    As a native speaker would you ever use the previous statements though being grammatically correct?

    I being a non native speaker of english from India have observed that, the sentence construction is inspired by direct translation from the first language, which may be grammatically correct but, native speakers never express it that ways, thus the usage is improper and while speaking with native speakers it becomes tough to make them understand our point.

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    Default Re: Usage of Logic and Confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Thanks for your reply...
    Wont it be more appropriate to use This is logical
    or It is confusing or This is confusing?
    Yes, certainly.

    As a native speaker would you ever use the previous statements though being grammatically correct?
    In rare circumstances I might say 1 (without the 'a'). I'd never say 2.
    Your reply is logical would be much more common than There is logic in your reply.


    I being a non native speaker of english from India have observed that, the sentence construction is inspired by direct translation from the first language, which may be grammatically correct but, native speakers never express it that ways, thus the usage is improper and while speaking with native speakers it becomes tough to make them understand our point.

    Direct translation word by word (or phrase by phrase) is common among beginners. It almost always leads to mistakes.
    You could do this as a first pass over a text, but no competent language teacher would tell you that languages can be translated this way.

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