Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    motico is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hebrew
      • Home Country:
      • Israel
      • Current Location:
      • Israel
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    307
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Is this a coincidence

    Are these two paragraphs grammatically correct? Which of the two is better phrased? Thanks.


    Is this a coincidence that three such events occur in one week? Or that the upward trend in the counterterrorism activity is growing as the pace of terrorist activity against populated centers is increasing?


    Is this a coincidence that three such events occur in one week? Or that the upward trend in the counterterrorism activity is growing in dierect proportion to the pace of terrorist activity against populated centers?

  2. #2
    syku's Avatar
    syku is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Germany
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    39
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Is this a coincidence

    I don't see serious grammatical errors (only a typo), but I don't follow your argument here.

    You seem to be asking the readers, "Is it a coincidence that counter-terrorism grows in response to terrorism"?

    Do you really intend to ask your audience such a fatuous question?





    Or the "three such events" are incidences classified as counter-terrorism, not terrorism?
    Last edited by syku; 24-Jan-2011 at 23:56.

  3. #3
    mykwyner is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Is this a coincidence

    Quote Originally Posted by motico View Post
    Are these two paragraphs grammatically correct? Which of the two is better phrased? Thanks.


    Is this a coincidence that three such events occur in one week? Or that the upward trend in the counterterrorism activity is growing as the pace of terrorist activity against populated centers is increasing?


    Is this a coincidence that three such events occur in one week? Or that the upward trend in the counterterrorism activity is growing in dierect proportion to the pace of terrorist activity against populated centers?

    Using as many of your words as I can, I would have written it like this:

    Is it a coincidence that three such events occur in one week, or that the upward trend in counterterrorism activity is growing as the pace of terrorist activity against populated centers is increasing?


    Also, I agree with syku about the quality of your argument.

  4. #4
    motico is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Hebrew
      • Home Country:
      • Israel
      • Current Location:
      • Israel
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    307
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Is this a coincidence

    The sentence could have made sense to you if I gave the whole context. The author wonders whether the increase in the number of detainees, related to terrorism, in one week, is a coincidence or it indicates a trend resulting from the growing terrorist activity.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Jan-2011, 16:07
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-May-2009, 19:21
  3. how to pronounce coincidence
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23-Feb-2009, 19:17
  4. coincidence
    By bosun in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-Dec-2008, 21:08
  5. campi, purple Adriatic, and coincidence...
    By KuaiLe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-Jul-2006, 08:01

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •