Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Javanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 40
    #1

    obtain

    Dear Teacher,

    Here is a sentence describing a chemical manufacturing process.

    "The solution of the compound was heated to 50C, stirred for 30 minutes, and then dried to obtain a powder product."

    Is this sentence acceptable? I have a problem with it, because the subject of the sentence is "the solution", and "the solution" does not "obtain" the product (it is the person doing the experiment who "obtains" the product).

    Please clarify.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #2

    Re: obtain

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju1ian View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    Here is a sentence describing a chemical manufacturing process.

    "The solution of the compound was heated to 50C, stirred for 30 minutes, and then dried to obtain a powder product."

    Is this sentence acceptable? I have a problem with it, because the subject of the sentence is "the solution", and "the solution" does not "obtain" the product (it is the person doing the experiment who "obtains" the product).

    Please clarify.
    The sentence is good. It's written in the passive voice, so there is an implied "by the chemist" there. It's the chemist who obtains the product.

    If it had been written in the active voice with the subject, 'solution': "The solution heated [itself] to 50C, stirred, and then dried to obtain a powder product", then you would be right to have a problem with it.

Similar Threads

  1. Attain, obtain, and gain...
    By Mehrgan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-May-2010, 07:27
  2. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Apr-2010, 12:43
  3. Acquire/obtain
    By Noego in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Oct-2007, 06:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •