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    counting

    I'm not sure of what "counting" in the following means. Please explain in easy English.

    At more than 85,000 dams and counting, Chinese leaders boast of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

    Thank you.

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    Re: counting

    It means that more dams are in the process of being built or in the planning.

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    Re: counting

    At more than 85,000 dams and counting, Chinese leaders boast of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

    Teachers, is the sentence correct especially the phrase in bold?
    Can you say 'Chinese leaders are at more than 85,000 dams'?
    Last edited by tedtmc; 05-Jun-2008 at 15:23.

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    Re: counting

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    At more than 85,000 dams and counting, Chinese leaders boast of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

    Teachers, is the sentence correct especially the phrase in bold?
    Can you say 'Chinese leaders are at more than 85,000 dams'?
    The sentence is fine as it is. Your change will not work.

    "At [a count of] more than ...."

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    Re: counting

    Anglika

    I transposed the sentence to show more clearly the relationship between the two parts.

    The sentence amounts to saying 'Chinese leaders at more than 85,000 dams....' which sounds a bit odd to me.

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    Re: counting

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Anglika

    I transposed the sentence to show more clearly the relationship between the two parts.

    The sentence amounts to saying 'Chinese leaders at more than 85,000 dams....' which sounds a bit odd to me.
    Only because you have not added in the elided words.

    Chinese leaders at a rising count of more than 85,000 dams boast of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

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    Re: counting

    Chinese leaders at a rising count of more than 85,000 dams boast of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

    Anglika
    Those words have been added by you though, which make the sentence sound better. The original sentence was without them. You changed the sentence, not me.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 06-Jun-2008 at 04:41.

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    Re: counting

    I transposed the sentence to show more clearly the relationship between the two parts.

    The sentence amounts to saying 'Chinese leaders at more than 85,000 dams....' which sounds a bit odd to me.



    What I was trying to point out is that this sentence is an example of the use of ellipsis = the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete. Without reinserting the omitted words when altering the structure of the sentence, it becomes a nonsense.

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    Re: counting

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Can you say 'Chinese leaders are at more than 85,000 dams'?
    Nope. Try,
    Chinese leaders boast at more than 85,000 dams and counting of having the tallest dams, the largest by reservoir capacity, the dam with the highest ship lift, and the most powerful electricity producer.

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