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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Man, it has no trace of its original form, like an ugly plastic surgery on Michael something...


    All the best, :D

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    Any further comments, tdol?

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    Oh, I've forgotten to receive your comments here, tdol.

    No further comments?

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    I think the comma is sufficient to make a clear break here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I think the comma is sufficient to make a clear break here.
    How about bug spray? :wink:

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    That would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    The sentence:

    There are said to be a billion billion insects on the earth at any moment, most of them with very short life expectancies by our standards.

    My book interprets the sentence as:

    They say there are a billion billion insects on the earth at any moment. They also say most of them have with very short life expectancies by our standards.

    Is this interpretation correct? I mean, is "most of them with very short life expectancies by our standards" also said by someone? IMO, it's just a scientific fact added to the main clause, not said by anyone.
    Taka, I read that sentence a few time and I am not a mathematician (btw my bank account will never see millions or billions), but isn't it better to just say "there are billions of insects...". The other form sounds weird to me.
    Also, I am not too comfortable with the phrase "life expectancies" with "expectancies" in plural. I think it looks and sounds better if we say:

    [i]There are said to be billions of insects on the earth at any moment and by our standards most of them have a very short life expectancy.

    what do you think? The original sentence sounds kinda funny to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie27
    but isn't it better to just say "there are billions of insects...". The other form sounds weird to me.
    My book interprets "a billion billion" as an exact number of "1,000,000,000x1,000,000,000".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie27
    but isn't it better to just say "there are billions of insects...". The other form sounds weird to me.
    My book interprets "a billion billion" as an exact number of "1,000,000,000x1,000,000,000".
    Taka, the original sentence and your interpretation of it make total sense to me. The structure is a bit stilted. What it boils down to is a whole bunch of bugs with a short life span.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twostep
    Taka, the original sentence and your interpretation of it make total sense to me. The structure is a bit stilted. What it boils down to is a whole bunch of bugs with a short life span.
    OK. :)

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