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    Default fresh water tank

    I would be grateful if someone help me to correct sentance.

    The polluted water has not been made by poor tank condition as all fresh water tanks have been clean last month.

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    Default Re: fresh water tank

    The water pollution was not caused by dirty tanks, because all of the fresh-water tanks were cleaned last month.

    This is not the only way to say this, but I think it is direct and easy to understand. Other teachers may have other suggestions.

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    Default Re: fresh water tank

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    The water pollution was not caused by dirty tanks, because all of the fresh-water tanks were cleaned last month....
    Works for me. KISS

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    Ps - perhaps I should clarify - I'm not expressing affection for mkwyner, just approving of the simplicity of his writing: KISS principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by BobK; 02-Nov-2006 at 17:04. Reason: Added ps

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    Default Re: fresh water tank

    Thanks, Bob. I get it.

    One of the most common mistakes I see from the English learners here (on UE.com) is that they are fixated on the idea that there is such a thing as formal English. Many of these learners are native speakers of languages with restrictive forms of address for showing deference and respect.

    In the English-speaking business world, formality in language is merely the lack of informality. We tend to value clarity of expression over complexity. We show each other respect by not wasting the other's time with false flattery and latinate diction.

    Of course, academia is a whole 'nuther matter...

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    Default Re: fresh water tank

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Thanks, Bob. I get it.

    One of the most common mistakes I see from the English learners here (on UE.com) is that they are fixated on the idea that there is such a thing as formal English. Many of these learners are native speakers of languages with restrictive forms of address for showing deference and respect.

    In the English-speaking business world, formality in language is merely the lack of informality. We tend to value clarity of expression over complexity. We show each other respect by not wasting the other's time with false flattery and latinate diction.

    Of course, academia is a whole 'nuther matter...
    Formality in English is not a myth. Who the hell is "we"?
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 03-Nov-2006 at 22:50.

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