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    #1

    Find the wrong words in sentences.

    All data in computer are changed into electronic pulses by an input unit.
    Answer: in computer

    The patient who was not supposed to be released until the end of the week was told to dress in clothes and report to the nurses'station.
    Answer: in clothes

    The function of pain is to warn the individual of danger so he can take action to avoid more serious damage.
    Answer: so

    Most newspapers depend on the wire services from their international stories and photographs.
    Answer: from

    Can you please explain to my the reason why? :(
    Thank you all in advance .
    Last edited by Pepperoni Papaya; 17-Oct-2010 at 05:12.

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    Re: Find the wrong words in sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperoni Papaya View Post
    All data in computer are changed into electronic pulses by an input unit.
    Answer: in computer

    The patient who was not supposed to be released until the end of the week was told to dress in clothes and report to the
    Answer: in clothes

    The function of pain is to warn the individual of danger so he can take action to avoid more serious damage.
    Answer: so

    Most newspapers depend on the wire services from their international stories and photographs.
    Answer: from

    Can you please explain to my the reason why? :(
    Thank you all in advance .
    All the answers, with the exception of "so", are wrong.

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    Re: Find the wrong words in sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    All the answers, with the exception of "so", are wrong.
    ??

    ... in THE computer,
    dress in clothes is odd, but what is missing after "the"?
    FOR their international news stories

    I don't really see the problem with the one with "so" - someone will have to explain that one to me.
    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: Find the wrong words in sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't really see the problem with the one with "so" - someone will have to explain that one to me.
    From the American Heritage Dictionary:
    Many critics and grammarians have insisted that so must be followed by that in formal writing when used to introduce a clause giving the reason for or purpose of an action: He stayed so that he could see the second feature.

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    #5

    Re: Find the wrong words in sentences.

    BC's quotation from the American Heritage Dictionary reflects what I was taught at school in England fifty years ago. Even then many of us must have omitted the that or there would have been no need to teach it. My personal view that this is a hangover that persists from the good old days (?) of the prescriptive grammarians. I use that because it was hammered into me so thoroughly, but I do not think it is essential, and certainly not in conversation. 90% of native speakers would not notice this 'error' if a student made it. Indeed, I suspect that many, or even most, native speakers commit the sin.

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