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    Default "By doing so" & "by doing this" , "by doing something" and "through doing something"

    Hi teachers,
    I would like to ask you something.

    In my teacher's article, he wrote
    "We donít have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing this, studentsí English can improve."

    instead of

    "We donít have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing so, studentsí English can improve."

    and

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through reading newspapers."

    rather than

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through newspapesrs."

    OR

    "Vocabulary must be learnt by reading newspapers."

    Shouldn't we use "through" before a noun and "by" before a gerund in this situation?

    Do you find his sentences a little bit awkward?

    Thank you for answering my question.
    Last edited by 999123; 17-Oct-2008 at 08:00.

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    Default Re: "By doing so" & "by doing this" , "by doing something" and "through doing somethi

    Quote Originally Posted by 999123 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    I would like to ask you something.

    In my teacher's article, he used
    "We donít have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing this, studentsí English can improve."

    instead of

    "We donít have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing so, studentsí English can improve."

    and

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through reading newspapers."

    rather than

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through newspapesrs."

    OR

    "Vocabulary must be learnt by reading newspapers."

    Shouldn't we use "through" before a noun and "by" before a gerund?

    Do you find his sentences a little bit awkward?

    Thank you for answering my question.
    I am not a teacher, but I think his sentences are OK.

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    Default Re: "By doing so" & "by doing this" , "by doing something" and "through doing somethi

    Could any teachers answer my question?

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    Default Re: "By doing so" & "by doing this" , "by doing something" and "through doing somethi

    Quote Originally Posted by 999123 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    I would like to ask you something.

    In my teacher's article, he wrote
    "We don’t have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing this, students’ English can improve."

    instead of

    "We don’t have to recite all the difficult words. But we have to be more exposed to English. By doing so, students’ English can improve."

    and

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through reading newspapers."

    rather than

    "Vocabulary must be learnt through newspapesrs."

    OR

    "Vocabulary must be learnt by reading newspapers."

    Shouldn't we use "through" before a noun and "by" before a gerund in this situation?
    No, where did you learn this rule? The preposition has to be right for both what follows and what precedes it. Often, there are several good choices.
    Your teacher's first sentence is as good as the original, and the second one is better.

    Do you find his sentences a little bit awkward?
    Not at all. They use different words, but they're good sentences.
    I would disagree if he is saying that the original is wrong though.

    Thank you for answering my question.
    You're welcome.

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