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    Native speakers opinions needed! Can anyone help me please?

    Hi everyone! I need opinions from native speakers of English. Please don't look up on the internet or in a dictionary, just tell me what comes into your mind! Thank you!

    'A crushed thin sheet is essentially a mass of conical points connected by curved energy-storing ridges.'

    What does 'thin sheet' mean here?

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    I have no idea what any of that means at all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Native speakers opinions needed! Can anyone help me please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have no idea what any of that means at all.
    Nor me.

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    That makes three of us - unless it's just meant to be the sheet you put on a bed.

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    I think they have energy-storing ridges on the rippled chips I like so much.

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    Thanks for your unanimous opinion))! And if I ask this way: What material could this thin sheet be made of?

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    It could be made of steel or aluminum or glass or cotton or any number of things.

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    Why is it so important that we don't know the context? Which I've already checked anyway. I'm awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    Why is it so important that we don't know the context? Which I've already checked anyway. I'm awful.
    you're not awfull. I would have done the same).
    By the way, I actually already got all the information I needed.

    When I first read the text, I was sure a piece of paper was ment. But then I checked online and it seemed to be a common collocation for a thin piece of metal. However, I wasn't sure, every native speaker of English would automatically think of metal. But it seems to me, I was wrong.

    Thank you all for your answers!

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    Re: Native speakers opinions needed! Can anyone help me please?

    Quote Originally Posted by lselin View Post
    When I first read the text, I was sure a piece of paper was ment. But then I checked online and it seemed to be a common collocation for a thin piece of metal. However, I wasn't sure, every native speaker of English would automatically think of metal. But it seems to me, I was wrong.
    What one thinks depends on the context, so I'll just paste the link to the source now, if you don't mind. :)

    Scientific American - A New Report Explains the Physics of Crumpled Paper. Aluminised Mylar Brr

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