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    bad comments on the internet

    Can you help me to express the following sentences more naturally in English?

    The anonymity of the internet makes its users behave irresponsibily. That is, users can write bad comments about other people on the internet, which sometimes lead to suicide.

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    Re: bad comments on the internet

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    The anomymity on the internet may easily misused by some users. For examples, those users may post outrageous accusations about the people who they don't like to some well-known, widely acknowledged websites and thus, this kind of irresponsable actions may even result in the suicide of the people being accused.

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    Re: bad comments on the internet

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    Can you help me to express the following sentences more naturally in English?

    The anonymity of the Internet makes its users behave irresponsibly. That is, users can write bad comments about other people on the Internet, which sometimes leads to suicide.
    I think your sentences are good as they are (except that I would cross out 'on the Internet' as it's redundant.)

    P.S. Re: the last clause: does it really happen somewhere?

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    Re: bad comments on the internet

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    Can you help me to express the following sentences more naturally in English?

    The anonymity of the internet makes its users behave irresponsibily. That is, users can write bad comments about other people on the internet, which sometimes lead to suicide.
    A few issues with this before I give you my version:

    (a) 'makes its users behave irresponsibly" - really? It doesn't 'make' me behave irresponsibly, I think. You mean 'certain users'
    (b) 'bad comments' - you probably mean 'nasty', 'unpleasant' or, best of all, 'malicious'
    (c) 'sometimes lead to suicide' - 'sometimes' suggests fairly frequently but I imagine suicide is pretty rare given how many people use the internet.

    So:

    "The anonymity of the internet allows people to behave irresponsibly. People are free to make malicious comments and, in some cases, this abuse has been linked to the suicide of those they target."
    Last edited by bertietheblue; 08-Jul-2010 at 18:24.

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