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    I would like some help regarding the utilization of "of them" in a sentence. The sentence is from an a text summarizing a research work.

    The original sentence I have written in the text was: "Efficiency of chlorination process for simultaneous degradation of two pesticides, A and B, at high and low pesticide concentrations was investigated in pond water." I utilized the word "pesticides" second time, since I was concerned that the readers would not be able to understand what concentrations I am speaking of: chlorine or pesticide concentrations.

    The text was edited as: "Efficiency of chlorination process for simultaneous degradation of two pesticides, A and B, at high and low concentrations of them was investigated in pond water." the editor probably didn't want to utilize the word pesticides 2 times.

    But I really find the way of utilizing "of them" strange and sounding quite annoying.

    PS. Shall I put "the" in front of "chlorination process". I think it's quite general so it is not required. But when I speak specifically of the chlorination process that I have applied in my study (at specific conditions), then I shall utilize "the"?

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    Default Re: utilization of "of them"

    Quote Originally Posted by polishko View Post
    I would like some help regarding the utilization of "of them" in a sentence. The sentence is from an a text summarizing a research work.

    The original sentence I have written in the text was: "Efficiency of chlorination process for simultaneous degradation of two pesticides, A and B, at high and low pesticide concentrations was investigated in pond water." I utilized the word "pesticides" second time, since I was concerned that the readers would not be able to understand what concentrations I am speaking of: chlorine or pesticide concentrations.

    The text was edited as: "Efficiency of chlorination process for simultaneous degradation of two pesticides, A and B, at high and low concentrations of them was investigated in pond water." the editor probably didn't want to utilize the word pesticides 2 times.

    But I really find the way of utilizing "of them" strange and sounding quite annoying.

    PS. Shall I put "the" in front of "chlorination process". I think it's quite general so it is not required. But when I speak specifically of the chlorination process that I have applied in my study (at specific conditions), then I shall utilize "the"?
    Use of "of them" would be understood in that context, at least, by me but, if you want to be certain that the listener/reader understood that you were referring to "pesticides", then repeat it. It's OK.. And , yes, when you speak abiut the process specifically "the" would be appropriate.

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    Default Re: utilization of "of them"

    Thanks for the assistance! Then I will leave "of them" in the sentence and won't contradict with my professor :) But still, somehow, doesn't quite sound good when I read it. Maybe that's because I'm not a native English speaker.

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