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    Memory is not ...

    Hello.

    Memory is not a particular ability that only huma beings have. Salmon can memorize their spawning grounds, and migratory birds don't forget their flight paths. They say that elephants have the best memory of all. A study by wildlife biologists shows that elephants can memorize where there is water in a vast desert and recall the location precisely even after a few months' absense.

    Could you proofread this, please?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Memory is not ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Memory is not a particular ability that only huma beings have. Salmon can memorize their spawning grounds, and migratory birds don't forget their flight paths. They say that elephants have the best memory of all. A study by wildlife biologists shows that elephants can memorize where there is water in a vast desert and recall the location precisely even after a few months' absense.

    Could you proofread this, please?

    Thank you.
    I can't find any errors or anything that I would suggest rephrasing. It's a very good paragraph. You just forgot the "n" in "human" and there should be a "c" where you typed the second "s" in the word "absence".

    Memory is not a particular ability that only human beings have. Salmon can memorize their spawning grounds, and migratory birds don't forget their flight paths. They say that elephants have the best memory of all. A study by wildlife biologists shows that elephants can memorize where there is water in a vast desert and recall the location precisely even after a few months' absence.


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    Re: Memory is not ...

    It's not correct to say Memory is not a particular skill that only human beings have, isn't it?


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    Re: Memory is not ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    It's not correct to say Memory is not a particular skill that only human beings have, isn't it?
    I don't see anything wrong with it. It's correct. A good memory - being able to remember important things - is a skill.

    When in doubt, it's good to take a look here - sometimes.

    "memory is a skill" - Google Search=


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    Re: Memory is not ...

    Memory is not a particular ability that only human beings have. Salmon can memorize their spawning grounds, and migratory birds don't forget their flight paths. They say that elephants have the best memory of all. A study by wildlife biologists shows that elephants can memorize where there is water in a vast desert and recall the location precisely even after a few months' absence.

    Which following sentence fits better in this paragraph?
    - Memory is not a particular ability that only human beings have.
    - Memory is not a particular skill that only human beings have.


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    Re: Memory is not ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Memory is not a particular ability that only human beings have. Salmon can memorize their spawning grounds, and migratory birds don't forget their flight paths. They say that elephants have the best memory of all. A study by wildlife biologists shows that elephants can memorize where there is water in a vast desert and recall the location precisely even after a few months' absence.

    Which following sentence fits better in this paragraph?
    - Memory is not a particular ability that only human beings have.
    - Memory is not a particular skill that only human beings have.
    It really depends on the specific meaning or idea you want to convey.

    I would say "ability" is more of a general term, whereas "skill" indicates something about an ability that is special, such as the elephants ability to remember where water is, as stated in your paragraph. That's a survival skill for elephants.

    Here's another comparison: Many people have the ability to drive, but for those who drive big delivery trucks, driving is a skill.

    Having now given this consideration, I would say in your paragraph that "skill" is an appropriate word. This is rather subjective, however, and some people might disagree.


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