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    determining / determined

    For some foods, health issues are important in determining shelf life.


    From - Shelf life






    Could I change determining into determined?
    What is the different between 'in determining shelf life' and 'in determined shelf time'?

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    Re: determining / determined

    'Determined' does not work there.

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    Re: determining / determined

    Thank you.

    I guess "determining" was used because shelf time is inanimate.


    Am I right?


    I find out many sentences on Google.
    Such as:
    I meet the most determined mouse in the world NOV 01 2013.
    Diary of a Determined Mom.


    I guess determining can only modify a inanimate noun. And both mouse and mom are animate one.

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    Re: determining / determined

    Quote Originally Posted by Soox View Post
    I guess "determining" was used because shelf time is inanimate.
    No.

    The 'present' participle normally has an active meaning, the 'past' participle a passive one.

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    Re: determining / determined

    The 'present' participle normally has an active meaning, the 'past' participle a passive one.
    Thank you again. The foundation of my English is not steady. I'm sorry.


    For some foods, health issues are important in determining shelf life.


    The subject: health issues. So,
    health issues determine shelf life.
    In other words, the subject of
    The 'present' participle must correspond to the subject of the sentence.


    "health issues are important in shelf life which health issues determine." = "health issues are important in determining shelf life."


    Am I right?
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