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    Grammatical question

    Hi everybody on net ! Would u please be kind enough to tell me Is the following sentence grammatically correct or not ? " The problem is finding the exact area where and when an earthquake happens." Thanx

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    Re: Grammatical question

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    Quote Originally Posted by ali112546 View Post
    Hi everybody on net ! Would u please be kind enough to tell me Is the following sentence grammatically correct or not ? " The problem is findingthat we have to find outthe exactly area where and when anthe earthquake happens." Thanx


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    Re: Grammatical question

    Quote Originally Posted by ali112546 View Post
    The problem is finding the exact area where and when an earthquake happens."


    The problem is to find/finding the exact area where (the earthquake happens) and the exact time when an
    (not 'the') earthquake happens.

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    Re: Grammatical question

    I don't have any problem with the original "the exact area where and when" but shouldn't it be cast in the future?

    Where and when it WILL happen?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Grammatical question

    How about:

    The problem is predicting the time and location of earthquakes.

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    Re: Grammatical question

    Throw in an "exact" to match the original more closely and I'd say that's a much more elegant solution.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: Grammatical question

    Yeah, there are more elegant versions. I wanted to keep the wording of the OP as much as I could.


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    Re: Grammatical question

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    Where and when it WILL happen?
    No, I am pretty sure the simple present form is possible thus for future reference (in BrE).

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    Re: Grammatical question

    Hi ali

    The problem is in red:

    • The problem is finding the exact area where and when an earthquake happens.


    The red part reads as follows:


    The problem is finding the exact area when an earthquake happens.

    An area is a place (i.e., where), not a time (i.e., when). Try,


    The problem is finding the exact area where and the exact time when an earthquake will happen.

    _______________
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    Hi everybody on the Net! Would you please be kind enough to tell me if the following sentence is grammatically correct or not?


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    Re: Grammatical question

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi ali

    An area is a place (i.e., where), not a time (i.e., when). Try,


    The problem is finding the exact area where and the exact time when an earthquake will happen.

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