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    It is about

    "In addition, while it is not about creating a new system but developing the existing systemů"


    I've been told that the phrase: "it is about" as in the above context is not correct English. Could you suggest a better expression? (Perhaps: The matter at hand? The subject under discussion? )

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    Re: It is about

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    "In addition, while it is not about creating a new system but developing the existing systemů"


    I've been told that the phrase: "it is about" as in the above context is not correct English. Could you suggest a better expression? (Perhaps: The matter at hand? The subject under discussion? )
    Perhaps "...while the main goal is not creating...", or "...the main aim is not to create a new system but to develop..."

    When you say that the original is not "correct English", what do you mean? Personally, I see nothing wrong with the sentence.

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    Re: It is about

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Perhaps "...while the main goal is not creating...", or "...the main aim is not to create a new system but to develop..."

    When you say that the original is not "correct English", what do you mean? Personally, I see nothing wrong with the sentence.
    I think you've put your finger on it. 'It is about' strikes me as a lazy way of expressing 'the main aim [of X] is to' or 'the chief focus should be...', or.... There's some relation, but the speaker can't be bothered to [work it out and] express what it is. It's not ungrammatical, but I can't say I like it.

    b

    PS We are assuming of course that there is an elided finite verb after the subordinate clause. If not, the 'while' is out of place (not just 'in the wrong place', but not doing the job of a subordinating conjunction).

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