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    Please let me know the correct sentence between a. and b., and explain to me why.


    Re 1 :a. What does it feel like to touch it?
    b. What does it feel like touching it?

    Re2: a. And draw a circle below the line but touching it.
    b. And draw a line below the line without touching it.


    Isahne
    Thanks in advance.

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    1a. What does it feel like to touch it?
    1b. What does it feel like touching it? Only if the person you're talking to is touching the object at the time

    2a. And draw a circle below the line but touching it.
    Try, And draw a circle below the line but don't touch it (the line).

    2b. And draw a line below the line without touching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isahne
    Please let me know the correct sentence between a. and b., and explain to me why.
    Re 1 :a. What does it feel like to touch it?
    b. What does it feel like touching it?
    Re2: a. And draw a circle below the line but touching it.
    b. And draw a line below the line without touching it.
    Isahne
    Thanks in advance.
    Should 2b be 'And draw a circle below the line without touching'?
    Re 2a - I think Casiopea's version changes the meaning.Mathematically I guess the circle should be below the line and touching it(the line should be a tangent to the circle).What about 'And draw a circle which must be below the line and touching it'.
    What do you think,Casiopea and Isahne?
    Last edited by queenbu; 17-Apr-2006 at 10:12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu
    Should 2b be 'And draw a circle below the line without touching'?
    Re 2a - I think Casiopea's version changes the meaning. Mathematically I guess the circle should be below the line and touching it(the line should be a tangent to the circle).What about 'And draw a circle which must be below the line and touching it'.
    What do you think,Casiopea and Isahne?
    Firstly, thanks.
    Some says it should re-write like this.
    And draw a circle below the line but they should be touching it.

    Because of 'but' I am confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isahne
    Firstly, thanks.
    Some says it should re-write like this.
    And draw a circle below the line but they should be touching it.
    Because of 'but' I am confused.
    First of all permit me to correct your English.
    Some say (that) it should be rewritten like this:And draw a circle below the line but it should be touching it.
    The phrase in italics is grammatically quite OK but in Mathematics we are usually more concise and that's the reason why it was written And draw a circle below the line but (it should be) touching it in the first place.'it should be' is understood.
    As a compromise I would say:And draw a circle below the line but touching it at the same time.
    By the way,is it a question right out of a Maths book or set by the teacher?Do you use text books in English?What level of Maths are you doing?
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu
    First of all permit me to correct your English.
    Some say (that) it should be rewritten like this:And draw a circle below the line but it should be touching it.
    The phrase in italics is grammatically quite OK but in Mathematics we are usually more concise and that's the reason why it was written And draw a circle below the line but (it should be) touching it in the first place.'it should be' is understood.
    As a compromise I would say:And draw a circle below the line but touching it at the same time.
    By the way,is it a question right out of a Maths book or set by the teacher?Do you use text books in English?What level of Maths are you doing?
    Good luck
    I am deeply touched by your letter.
    I should be careful to write some sentences on the internet later on. As long as I hasten to write something, I am used to making critical mistakes. Thank you for your correcting.

    I have run a home page, which has a Q&A board. A surfer posted the querry concerned.
    I really don't know where she got the sentence. I asked a couple of native speakers here, but their answers were respectively different from each other. That's why I posted there as last resort.

    Looking forward to helping me in the future.
    Thanks.

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    Can you give me the URL of your homepage,please? I'm interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu
    Can you give me the URL of your homepage,please? I'm interested.
    It's non-commercial site. I made it for myself to help the guys who want to learn Basic English Grammar.
    http://engplus.82.net/

    Thanks.

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