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    yellowribbon is offline Newbie
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    I understand that shed light means make clear, clarfity.

    Please correct the following conversation in terms of word use, composition, grammer etc.....:

    "Peter, I followed your instruction inputting the data, but the software refuse to accept the answer. Can you shed some light please?"

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: shed light

    Hello Yellow

    "Peter, I followed your instructions for inputting the data, but the software refuses to [accept the answer]. Can you shed any light on why this might be?"

    "Accept the answer" may be correct, in context; but it seems unlikely. Let me know what the "answer" consists of, and I'll see if I can find a better phrase.

    See you,
    MrP

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    Default Re: shed light

    Hello Mr.Pedantic
    May be I should say [accept the data] ??
    Will it make more sense?
    Thank you.
    yellowribbon

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    Default Re: shed light

    "Shed some light" simply means to take you out of the 'darkness' of not knowing or understanding.

    In the instance you quoted, there is a problem that cannot be understood by the person. Peter however may have the answer and may be able to 'shed some light' on the situation.

    It can apply to many circumstances. But ALWAYS involves knowledge being given to clear up a misunderstanding or give more information.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: shed light

    Quote Originally Posted by yellowribbon
    Hello Mr.Pedantic
    May be I should say [accept the data] ??
    Will it make more sense?
    Thank you.
    yellowribbon
    Hello again Yellow

    In that case, you might say:

    "Peter, I followed your instructions for inputting the data, but the software refused to accept it. Can you shed any light on why this might be?"

    Bye
    MrP

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