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    Arrow Grammar check

    Dear forum members,

    I would like you to correct the following sentences:

    1. Let’s make a reservation at once (or let's make a slip at once).

    2. Proceeding from the archaic paleography (by his judgment) and the vocabulary of the text, Rieu conditionally dates the book back to the 15th century.

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    Both sentences are grammatically fine.

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    Do you think that 'reservation' and 'slip' are interchangeable?

    '(by his judgment) ': what are you trying to say with this phrase?

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    Arrow Re: Grammar check

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Do you think that 'reservation' and 'slip' are interchangeable? Well I am in two minds about that, that is why I put down the both to clarify this matter. As a native speaker, you can do it for me.

    '(by his judgment) ': what are you trying to say with this phrase?
    -- he believes so, that is his conclusion; the preposion might not collocate with judgement, what is your idea?

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    I've never heard "let's make a slip" before. Is it a UK expression?

    I think "in his judgement" is more common than any of other prepositions there, at least in my experience.

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    Arrow Re: Grammar check

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never heard "let's make a slip" before. Is it a UK expression? Definitely.

    I think "in his judgement" is more common than any of other prepositions there, at least in my experience.
    Dear Barb, anyway thanks for your answer.

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    'slip' has several meanings, but the closest in relevance to 'reservation' is, that it is a small piece of paper that might be used to jot down some information on.
    another way of saying 'make a reservation' is 'make a booking'.

    Proceeding from the archaic paleography (by his judgment) and the vocabulary of the text, Rieu conditionally dates the book back to the 15th century.


    'paleography' is the study of ancient writing systems, so it is redundant to say, 'archaic' if you were intended to mean 'very old' , that is, ancient!
    Also, 'archaic' means 'old' in the sense of 'old-fashioned' 'out-dated'

    So:
    "From his knowledge of paleography and the vocabulary of the text, Rieu judges the book as dating back to the 15th century. "

    This is just one way to express this. Other posters (not as tired as I at this time of night) will give you alternatives that express it better!

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