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    Does this "get infected" describe "they=wisdom teeth" or "other teeth"? At first glance, I thought it's the latter, but at a second thought, it is "wisdom teeth". Isn't it?

    ex)Throughout history, scientists have wondered about body organs that don't seem to do anything useful. The appendix is a popular example. Actually, we can live without this little worm-like organ. ...Today, most people get their wisdom teeth removed before they can squeeze other teeth out of place or get infected...
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    What it says is that there is the possibility that wisdom teeth may 'get infected'. However, if infection starts in the wisdom teeth it may spread to the other teeth, and this possibility is involved in a dentist's decision to remove the wisdom teeth - which don't do anything that isn't already done by the other molars (grinding teeth).

    (Latinate-language-related-mnemonic: your language's word for 'mill' will help you remember what 'molar' means!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "get infected" describe "they=wisdom teeth" or "other teeth"? At first glance, I thought it's the latter, but at a second thought, it is "other teeth". Isn't it?
    "Wisdom teeth" is the former. "Other teeth" already is the latter.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (Latinate-language-related-mnemonic: your language's word for 'mill' will help you remember what 'molar' means!)
    And "mill" has the same origin, though via Old English.

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    I thought better of saying that, because most Romance language use a similar vowel- - molino, moulin...

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