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    concepts

    The concept of the gravitational force, the concept of the electromagnetic force and ...

    Can one replace this list with:

    "the concepts of the forces of nature"; "the notions of the forces of nature"; "the ideas of the forces of nature"? Would these phrases be comprehensible and natural?

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    Re: concepts

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    The concept of the gravitational force, the concept of the electromagnetic force and ...

    Can one replace this list with:

    "the concepts of the forces of nature"; "the notions of the forces of nature"; "the ideas of the forces of nature"? Would these phrases be comprehensible and natural?
    Technically, gravitation and electromagnetic forces are the basis for the way our world/nature functions. However, my understanding of natural forces are the phenomena such as...Tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, etc. Even though all those forces are intertwined with gravity and electromagnetism, I would think they refer to laws of physics more than forces of nature.

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    Re: concepts

    Well, that's another debate, but it doesn't change much as far as grammar is concerned.
    How about:
    The concepts of physical forces
    The notions of physical forces
    The ideas of physical forces

    Or:
    The concepts of natural phenomena
    The concepts of natural forces (whatever they may be)

    One could imagine other examples:

    He tried to explain our behavior by using the concepts of our various instincts.
    He tried to explain our history by using the concepts of social forces.
    Last edited by FW; 07-Jan-2005 at 01:37.

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    Re: concepts

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Well, that's another debate, but it doesn't change much as far as grammar is concerned.
    How about:
    The concepts of physical forces
    The notions of physical forces
    The ideas of physical forces

    Or:
    The concepts of natural phenomena
    The concepts of natural forces (whatever they may be)

    One could imagine other examples:

    He tried to explain our behavior by using the concepts of our various instincts.
    He tried to explain our history by using the concepts of social forces.
    Grammatically it's OK but I don't think it's sounds right. I think you'd usually discuss one concept/notion/idea at a time. Unless you are specifically mentioning in a sentence that there are many concepts/ideas/notions in natural forces.

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