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    As result of this incident, BNF was eventually fined 10,000.

    I read this sentence in BNC. I'd like to know if 'as result of' is good English.

    Could I ask native English teachers to help me please? Thank you very much.

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    Hi, as a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I have no problems with the sentence.

    Essentially, "as a result of" means "because of", both of which are fine in this context.

    Why do you believe the sentence doesn't represent "good English"?

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    Default Re: as result of

    I would say: as a result of.
    NOT as result of

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    Default Re: as result of

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi, as a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher, I have no problems with the sentence.

    Essentially, "as a result of" means "because of", both of which are fine in this context.

    Why do you believe the sentence doesn't represent "good English"?

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    There are the phrases of 'as a/ the result of' in every dictionary, but not 'as result of', and thus comes my question.

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    Default Re: as result of

    Many thanks, banderas.

    You picked up on the key reason for the original question, that I missed - the missing "a".

    English is a funny language.
    The eye sees what it expects to see, not always what it actually sees.

    I once received an email, asking me if I could read and understand a particular dyslexic-style sentence.
    What they had done was to keep the first and last letters of every word in their correct place, but jumble up all the other letters. Incredibly. the sentence was easily readable and intelligible! I'm not sure it works every time though!

    With regards to the "as a result of" question, I looked up the BNC and received the following number of responses:

    "a" = 5156 results
    http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin...as+a+result+of

    no "a" = 13 results (i.e. 0.25% of the total)
    http://sara.natcorp.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin...y=as+result+of

    This suggests that it is more normal to use: "as a result of"

    I'm afraid that, as an NES, I would never use "as result of" and don't know any rule that allows the odd 0.25% to get through the net.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: as result of

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post

    I once received an email, asking me if I could read and understand a particular dyslexic-style sentence.
    What they had done was to keep the first and last letters of every word in their correct place, but jumble up all the other letters. Incredibly. the sentence was easily readable and intelligible! I'm not sure it works every time though!

    I get your point, Neilltthere. It happens also to me (in my native language) that my eye sees what it expects to see.
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