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    grammar question

    ".............this article requires thorough preparation.

    A. Translation

    B.To translate

    C. Having translated

    D.When translated

    I was told that the correct answer is B. Is D possible? When (it is) translated .......?

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    ".............this article requires thorough preparation.

    A. Translation

    B.To translate

    C. Having translated

    D.When translated

    I was told that the correct answer is B. Is D possible? When (it is) translated .......?
    Yes, it's possible that after translation it would need further preparation before publication.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, it's possible that after translation it would need further preparation before publication.
    So this question is kind of ambiguous. Two possible answers with a change in meaning. How would you advise to choose the right one when it's test and there is no context?
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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    ".............this article requires thorough preparation.

    A. Translation

    B.To translate

    C. Having translated

    D.When translated

    I was told that the correct answer is B. Is D possible? When (it is) translated .......?
    No, not ambiguous just a different meaning.
    Using B means that preparation is necessary before translating.
    Using D means that after tranlsation the article needs more work, maybe to make it fully understood. Sometimes translation can be very difficult to get precisely the same meanings in the other language.
    Neither A nor C are acceptable.

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    Re: grammar question

    Shouldn't it be separated by a comma then?

    When translated, this article requires thorough preparation.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    No, not ambiguous just a different meaning.
    Using B means that preparation is necessary before translating.
    Using D means that after tranlsation the article needs more work, maybe to make it fully understood. Sometimes translation can be very difficult to get precisely the same meanings in the other language.
    Neither A nor C are acceptable.
    That's what I meant. It's very hard to mark the right answer. How would you tell the difference between the expected correct answer and presumably wrong one?
    Last edited by ostap77; 04-Feb-2011 at 02:04.

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    Shouldn't it be separated by a comma then?

    When translated, this article requires thorough preparation.
    That's a very good point Verona, the lack of a comma makes D wrong.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    That's what I meant. It's very hard to mark the right answer. How would you difference between the expected correct answer and presumably wrong one?
    How would you differenciate between the correct answer and the wrong one?
    Grammar.

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    Re: grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    How would you differentiate between the correct answer and the wrong one?
    And one more correction.

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    Thanks. I was too quick.

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