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    Exclamation Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    I would like to know which one of the following sentences is correct:

    This study explained U.S. little success in the task of stabilizing the region in terms of its adoption of forcible strategies.

    Or

    This study attributed U.S. little success in the task of stabilizing the region to its adoption of forcible strategies.

    Thank you in advance

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    For me, as a non-native speaker of English, both sentences are OK.

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    As a native speaker, but not a teacher, both of these sentences not OK. Also, it took me several readings just to understand "This study explained U.S. little success".

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    So what do you suggest as an alternative?

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) I most respectfully agree with Mr. Smith: neither sentence would be considered

    "correct" by native speakers.

    (2) I may be mistaken (of course!), but I think that the writer wanted to express

    something like this:


    Because of its emphasis on force, the United States has had little success

    in stabilizing the region.

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    But what about the study? How will it fit into the context?

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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    Quote Originally Posted by sseif View Post
    So what do you suggest as an alternative?
    The correct way to express this depends largely on what the study found. Here are some possibilities:
    The study found that the US has had (or had) little success in the task of stabilizing the region. (But neither of your sentences means this. The lack of success is presented as a given.)

    The study attributed this relative lack of success to the USís adoption of forcible strategies.
    The study explained this relative lack of success in terms of the USís adoption of forcible strategies.

    The study found that the lack of success of the US in the task of stabilizing the region could be explained by its adoption of forcible strategies.

    The study found that it was the adoption of forcible strategies by the US that accounted for the small success it had in stabilizing the region.


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    Default Re: Two ways to give a certain meaning!

    I think the sentence:

    The study found that the lack of success of the US in the task of stabilizing the region could be explained by its adoption of forcible strategies.

    gives the meaning that I intended

    Thank you

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