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    Question At the expense of

    Dear teachers

    Am I right with the following interpretation?

    The reaction system under these conditions favors the formation of A at the expense of [the formation] of B.


    'at the expense' means 'instead' and is used because B is more desired or valuable than A.

    Very much appreciated.

    Offroad

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    Re: At the expense of

    As an NES but not a teacher, I would read it as merely meaning that it favours the production of more A than B.

    I see no implication, per se, that B is more desired or valuable than A.

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    Re: At the expense of

    Expense' is the same as saying expense's, as if it belongs to expense. So it doesn't make sense. You can have an expense, or expenses, but nothing belongs to expense. So you can't have expense'

    However, you are right, in this context it does means, instead of, or more correctly, at the cost of. In a different context, it could simply mean cost. "That is an expense, I could have done without."

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    Re: At the expense of

    Quote Originally Posted by Kojak Peg View Post
    Expense' is the same as saying expense's, as if it belongs to expense.
    No it isn't.
    So it doesn't make sense.
    It does make sense, as R21 has explained.

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