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    Question How to put the sentence correctly?

    Hello English teachers and not teachers!

    I am writing an assignment (something like a report) in English. The starting sentence should be:
    The report is based on the case-study of the instance happened at the company...

    I don't like the word "instance" here but I don't know how to paraphrase it correctly. It sounds as if it is superfluous here...
    Could you help me please.

    Thanks a lot in advance,
    Marusha

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    Re: How to put the sentence correctly?

    Check out this synonym dictionary
    synonym instance

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    Re: How to put the sentence correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marusha View Post
    Hello English teachers and not teachers!

    I am writing an assignment (something like a report) in English. The starting sentence should be:
    The report is based on the case-study of the instance happened at the company...

    I don't like the word "instance" here but I don't know how to paraphrase it correctly. It sounds as if it is superfluous here...
    Could you help me please.

    Thanks a lot in advance,
    Marusha
    It's a strange sentence, it doesn't really mean anything. Should it perhaps be; The report is based on the case-study of the incident that happened at the company...?

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    Re: How to put the sentence correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a strange sentence, it doesn't really mean anything. Should it perhaps be; The report is based on the case-study of the incident that happened at the company...?

    I definitely think she was confusing the word "instance" with "incident".
    "incident" would be right there.


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    Re: How to put the sentence correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a strange sentence, it doesn't really mean anything. Should it perhaps be; The report is based on the case-study of the incident that happened at the company...?

    Thank you very much.

    I treat the words instance and incident as synonyms with the meaning "case". I looked them up in the English-Russian dicionary. I agree, "instance" does not really fit this sentence, but I did not know why. Now I think I understand the difference between the two words better.

    Thanx


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    Re: How to put the sentence correctly?

    If you have written something like, "The Incidence of industrial accidents is rising..." and your sentence is your first reference to a particular incident in a particular factory, then the sentence would be:

    If you have NOT referred to the "case-study" prior to this sentence, then the sentence would be:
    The report is based on a case-study of an incident that...

    If your sentence is the very first of what you are writing, and again, the first reference to the case-study being referred to in your report, then you would also use the amendments in blue.
    Last edited by David L.; 01-Mar-2009 at 00:46.

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