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  1. Khosro's Avatar
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    #1

    as appropriate

    Hello friends
    Please take a look at this sentence:

    "Examine, as appropriate, the nozzle, strainer and hose, vent
    holes (or other venting device) in the cap or valve assembly, and the internal discharge tube. Clean, if necessary."

    It is from a fire-extinguisher Inspection procedure.

    My friend says that "as appropriate" means "in a proper way". I say that it means "if relevant".
    What's your opinion? Dictionaries did not help me.

    Thank you very much.


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    Re: as appropriate

    I agree with you, Khosro.

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    #3

    Re: as appropriate

    When appropriate is probably what they meant. It's not a good sentence, particularly.
    You can leave out 'as appropriate' and nothing changes. Clean if necessary says it all.

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    #4

    Re: as appropriate

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    Hello friends
    Please take a look at this sentence:


    "Examine, as appropriate, the nozzle, strainer and hose, vent
    holes (or other venting device) in the cap or valve assembly, and the internal discharge tube. Clean, if necessary."

    It is from a fire-extinguisher Inspection procedure.

    My friend says that "as appropriate" means "in a proper way". I say that it means "if relevant".
    What's your opinion? Dictionaries did not help me.

    Thank you very much.


    There may be several sub-brands of fire extinguisher, with the same instructions; eg. model 135F and 135FA. If the F model doesn't have a strainer, then you don't have to examine it.
    It means, "if relevant".

    (In fact the phrase "or other venting device" seems to indicate that the instructions are not for just one model.)

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    #5

    Re: as appropriate

    Thank you all.
    No JTRiff, I took a closer look at the page this sentence was part of and I saw that as Raymott said it talks about different categories of fire extinguishers, so it was necessary.

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