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    Ashiuhto is offline Senior Member
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    Default revelation or release

    Which of the option is acceptable, revelation or release?

    At the thinking of the _____________ of radiation, everybody is panic-stricken. (revelation, release)

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Which of the option is acceptable, revelation or release?

    At the thinking of the _____________ of radiation, everybody is panic-stricken. (revelation, release)
    "Revelation" doesn't make sense here. "Release" is OK.

    "At the thinking" should be "at the thought" and I think it should be "a release", not "the release", but it might depend on context -- I'm not sure.

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    release.
    It should be "at the thought of"

    the or a release are acceptable. "The" obviously referring to a specific release and "a" referring to a non specific release. Although of course this is a grey area.

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    Quote Originally Posted by GUS22 View Post
    the or a release are acceptable. "The" obviously referring to a specific release and "a" referring to a non specific release. Although of course this is a grey area.
    This does not however dispel my doubts. My problem with "the" here is that it's difficult for me to come up with a context in which it would be appropriate. I would be interested in learning your ideas on it.

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    Say a nuclear plant had to do a controlled release of radioactive steam in order to prevent a catastrophe. They could very well talk about the release of radioactivity.

    (This is what happened at Three Mile Island in 1979.)

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This does not however dispel my doubts. My problem with "the" here is that it's difficult for me to come up with a context in which it would be appropriate. I would be interested in learning your ideas on it.
    The thought of the release of radiation from the Fukishima nuclear plant and the havoc it will wreak , sends shivers down my spine.

    or :

    I shiver at the thought of the recent release of radiation from Fukishima

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Say a nuclear plant had to do a controlled release of radioactive steam in order to prevent a catastrophe. They could very well talk about the release of radioactivity.

    (This is what happened at Three Mile Island in 1979.)
    This is a good example I think, if I understand correctly that you mean a future release. I didn't think of that, thanks. I was thinking about an ongoing release and "at the thought" seemed redundant to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUS22 View Post
    The thought of the release of radiation from the Fukishima nuclear plant and the havoc it will wreak , sends shivers down my spine.

    or :

    I shiver at the thought of the recent release of radiation from Fukishima
    Yes, but this example is different. There is a difference between shivers down the spine and panic. Soothing Dave's example solves my problem though. Thank you both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Yes, but this example is different. There is a difference between shivers down the spine and panic. Soothing Dave's example solves my problem though. Thank you both.
    Incorrect : they work in exactly the same way :

    The thought of the release of radiation from the Fukishima nuclear plant is causing everybody to panic.

    or :

    I panic at the thought of the recent release of radiation from Fukishima

    Panic stricken doesnt really work in the original sentance .The point is that in general "the" refers to a specific release and "a" can be be a non specific release or one that has not yet occurred.

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    Default Re: revelation or release

    I panic at the thought of the recent release of radiation from Fukishima
    I don't think it's a good sentence. Are you near Fukushima or are you not?

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