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    Question Correct these mistakes, please

    Hi there

    QUESTION 1

    Therefore, people waited for a long time for something that can scatter darkness away

    I know the verb scatter, but is it correct to say "scatter away"? Is it a phrasal verb or what? I looked it up in Oxford Collocation Dictionary but I didn't find the word "away".

    - Is it used correctly in the sentence above?
    By the way, the sentence taken from a paragraph about electricity.

    QUESTION 2

    Read the following sentence:

    Actual Sentence
    "If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed for a solution"


    Is it possible to paraphrase the sentence, if so will the meaning change



    Paraphrased Sentence:
    Whenever there was a problem, people discussed it together in order to come up with a solution.

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    Default Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    not a teacher

    Therefore, people waited for a long time for something that can disperse darkness.

    If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed and find a solution.

    You cannot use 'discuss for' I think.

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    Default Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
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    Therefore, people waited for a long time for something that can disperse darkness.

    If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed and find a solution.

    You cannot use 'discuss for' I think.
    Therefore, people waited for a long time for something that could disperse/drive away/dispel darkness.


    Paraphrased Sentence:
    Whenever there was a problem, people discussed it together in order to come up with a solution. This is a good sentence, I am not sure if it says exactly what you wanted your first sentence to say.

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    Default Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed and find a solution.
    Try,
    Ex: When people are faced with a problem, they (will) discuss it [in order] to find a solution.

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    Default Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed and found a solution.
    I know the tense is awkward but is the sentence grammatically correct though. Can you say 'discussed' without 'it'

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    Default Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I know the tense is awkward but is the sentence grammatically correct though. Can you say 'discussed' without 'it'.

    If people have faced the problem, they would have discussed and found a solution.
    The sentence is ungrammatical; moreover, discuss is a transitive verb: it needs an object.
    Ex: ... they would have discussed it ...

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    Lightbulb Re: Correct these mistakes, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The sentence is ungrammatical; moreover, discuss is a transitive verb: it needs an object.
    Ex: ... they would have discussed it ...
    If people had faced the problem, the would have discussed it and found a solution for.

    People did not face a problem, so they did not work to find a solution for.
    It is an unreal conditional sentence, and the result is in the past.
    { ESL Teacher}
    I agree with soup.

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