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    Default correction of a few sentences 2

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    The air ducts above your seat may be adjusted to your convenience.
    Don’t be attached to the outcome.
    All true literature, all genuine poetry, is the direct outcome, the condensed essence, of actual life and thought.
    We’ll have to amend our style of living.
    I wanted to make amends for the damage that I had caused.
    Roentgen was aware of the existence of X-rays.
    He was aware that the deadline had passed.
    They suppose the devise will work.
    The charged partickles are supposed to have electric charges.
    These data may prove very important supposing they are accurate.
    That supposes a mechanism without flaws.
    A motorist is supposed to stop at a zebra crossing if pedeastrians wish to cross.
    The strong coffee is supposed to keep one awake.
    She is not supposed to do this every day.
    She was supposed to work today.
    We suppose that the situation will improve.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: correction of a few sentences 2

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    The air ducts above your seat may be adjusted to your convenience.
    This may be a little stilted, but it's okay.

    Don’t be attached to the outcome.
    This seems all right. It doesn't transmit much information.

    All true literature, all genuine poetry, is the direct outcome, the condensed essence, of actual life and thought.
    This is fine.

    We’ll have to amend our style of living.
    Fine

    I wanted to make amends for the damage that I had caused.
    If you are recounting a wish that you experienced in the past, this is the way to say it.
    - Omitting "that" will sound more conversational and natural.
    - If you want to make amends now, then you say:
    > I want to make amends for the damage I caused.

    Roentgen was aware of the existence of X-rays.
    Fine

    He was aware that the deadline had passed.
    Fine

    They suppose the devise will work.
    Fine

    The charged partickles are supposed to have electric charges.
    - "particles" is spelled wrong.
    - This is probably not the way to say what you want, but what you should say depends on what you mean
    (I can't tell what the intended meaning is here.)

    These data may prove very important supposing they are accurate.
    I think in the US we would say "provided that they are accurate"

    That supposes a mechanism without flaws.
    Fine

    A motorist is supposed to stop at a zebra crossing if pedeastrians wish to cross.
    Fine (there's a typo in "pedestrians")

    The strong coffee is supposed to keep one awake.
    Not "the" strong coffee.
    > Strong coffee is supposed to keep one awake.
    (In the US, "Strong coffee is supposed to keep you awake.")

    She is not supposed to do this every day.
    Fine

    She was supposed to work today.
    Fine

    We suppose that the situation will improve.
    Fine

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    Default Re: correction of a few sentences 2

    Hi Ann1977,

    It is very kind of you to make so deep analysis of my sentences which were poorly worded.

    As to my incomprehensible sentence “The charged particles are supposed to have electric charges.” I would say that it is a paraphrasing of a common definition of the term “charged particle”.

    charged particle = an elementary particle, such as a proton or electron, with a positive or negative electric charge

    In physics, a charged particle is a particle with an electric charge.

    Thank you again for your useful backing.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Default Re: correction of a few sentences 2

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Ann1977,

    It is very kind of you to make so deep analysis of my sentences which were poorly worded.

    As to my incomprehensible sentence “The charged particles are supposed to have electric charges.” I would say that it is a paraphrasing of a common definition of the term “charged particle”.

    charged particle = an elementary particle, such as a proton or electron, with a positive or negative electric charge

    In physics, a charged particle is a particle with an electric charge.

    Thank you again for your useful backing.

    Regards,

    V.
    Using "supposed to" in some ways means "imagined to"
    - Coffee is supposed to keep you awake.
    People suppose or imagine that coffee keeps you awake.
    You can usually change this to "is said to" or "It is a supposition that"
    - Coffee is said to keep you awake.

    Sometimes it means "it is expected of you" in the sense of "you are obliged to"
    - You're supposed to exit by the rear door.

    But the police IMAGINE that the burglar exited by the back door:
    - He is supposed to have left by the rear door.

    Neither of these uses is a good way to refer to the demonstrable facts of nature.
    Ions are charged particles. This is not a supposition, nor is it an obligation of the ions.
    The charged partickles are supposed to have electric charges.
    - Charged particles have electrical charges.
    - Cats are members of the Feline family
    (They are not "said to be" members of the Feline family. They ARE members of the Feline family.)
    - That rock weighs 32 pounds.
    (It isn't that we have formed a supposition about its weight. That IS its weight.)

    Charged particles aren't SAID TO hve electric charges; they DO have electic charges.

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