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    How to use "witness"

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    Which one concerning witness is correct? As far as I know, witness can be used after somebody or a country, can it used after other things, such as, figures, data?

    The figures for its GDP per capita witnessed a increase in the country of X.

    the country of X witnessed a increase of the figures for its GDP per capita.

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    Re: How to use "witness"

    *** Not A Teacher ***

    It can be used nearly in every thing because its a verb and noun.

    Witness meant as a noun "a person who sees an event happening, especially a crime or an accident"

    And means as a verb "be present, happen, show" in other words "to show or give proof of something"

    I hope others will give you a clear answer.

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    Re: How to use "witness"

    Quote Originally Posted by wang.cupid View Post
    Dear friends,

    Which one concerning witness is correct? As far as I know, witness can be used after somebody or a country, can it used after other things, such as, figures, data?

    The figures for its GDP per capita witnessed an increase in the country of X.
    I would say that the verb witnessed takes a subject that is a little more sentient, or at least stronger, than "figures." It might be country -- or even climate or game -- but figures? I'm not quite sure just why I have trouble with it. The sentence is certainly quite awkward, though. The revision below is much better.

    The country of X witnessed an increase
    of the figures for in its GDP per capita.
    I would accept this, with revisions.
    Perhaps others will have some input on this.

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