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    impacts or a great contribution to science

    1)"To put it in other words,this discovery impacts science greatly."

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    2)"To put it in another way, this discovery has a great impact on science."

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    3)"To put it in another way, this discovery has a great contribution to science."

    Would all three sentences have the same meaning? Is it better to say "in other words'' or "in another way''?

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    Re: impacts or a great contribution to science

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"To put it in other words,this discovery impacts science greatly." The use of 'impact' as a verb in this way is fairly modern, but it is now accepted

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    2)"To put it in another way, this discovery has a great impact on science." Fine

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    3)"To put it in another way, this discovery has made a great contribution to science." 'Contibution' has, to me, a more positive feeling than 'impact'.

    Would all three sentences have the same meaning? Your use of different tenses means that there must be at least a slight difference in meaning. Is it better to say "in other words'' or "in another way''? Both are fine.
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    Re: impacts or a great contribution to science

    1)"To put it in other words,this discovery impacts science greatly." The use of 'impact' as a verb in this way is fairly modern, but it is now accepted
    ...
    As the comment implies, there are some staunch opponents of this tendency, who - through clenched teeth, likely to become impacted - snarl 'The only things that can be impacted are TEETH; what you mean is this discovery will have a great impact on science'. Generations of schoolchildren slapped down in this way have decided that the only safe thing to do is always to use 'on' when using 'impact' - thus creating a new verb 'to impact on' (which the zealots find even more annoying).

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    Re: impacts or a great contribution to science

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    1)"To put it in other words,this discovery impacts science greatly." The use of 'impact' as a verb in this way is fairly modern, but it is now accepted
    Some of us still find it annoying.
    I'd actually prefer "impacts on science" if you have to use it. It still leaves me wondering whether it's good to have science impacted though.

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