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    Hello,

    can anyone please tell me if this sentence sounds natural? My main problem is "an ecotone" vs. "the ecotone":

    A specific position among the landscape units occupies the ecotone, a transition area between two or more adjacent ecosystems.

    Thanks a lot!

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    1) Use "between" for two items and use "among" for more than two.
    2) Subject "units" conflicts with verb "occupies.
    3) You may either use "an" or "the". I feel an ecotone would be correct.

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    I don't think that "occupy" is the right word here, I don't think that "a specific position" can "occupy" something in this sense.

    Why not just say:
    "An ecotone is a transition area between two or more adjacent ecosystems".

    What you wrote about "a specific position" doesn't seem to add anything special to your sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmsh16 View Post
    <Not a teacher>

    1) Use "between" for two items and use "among" for more than two.
    2) Subject "units" conflicts with verb "occupies.
    3) You may either use "an" or "the". I feel an ecotone would be correct.

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    as for 2) - I don't think 'units' is the subject. According to the sentence it looks that 'position' is the subject but I have some doubts about it's being joined with the verb 'occupy'. If 'ecotone' is the subject, than I would say that the word order of the sentence is incorrect.

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    Re: a/the

    Thanks to all of you! "An ecotone" is the subject and the "specific position" must be mentioned. How about this one:

    An ecotone, which is a transition area between two or more adjacent ecosystems, has a specific position among the landscape units.

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    #6

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    Mafto, the original sentence I am trying to translate is:

    Specifické postavení mezi krajinnými jednotkami zaujímá ekoton, přechodová zóna mezi dvěma nebo více ekosystémy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polokoza View Post
    Thanks to all of you! "An ecotone" is the subject and the "specific position" must be mentioned. How about this one:

    An ecotone, which is a transition area between two or more adjacent ecosystems, has a specific position among the landscape units.
    Much better. And if you want to attract the reader's attention you might say:"Among the landscape units there is one with a unique position, the ecotone, a transition area ...".
    Last edited by Khosro; 07-Apr-2011 at 11:17.

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