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    if used?

    Is it correct? We use computers everywhere and if used wisely they are really useful and helpful.

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    Re: if used?

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    It looks OK to me, but I would write it like this:

    We use computers everywhere and, if used wisely, they become really useful and helpful.

    I just think that become fits better than are in this case.

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    Re: if used?

    [QUOTE=sevas;838235]Is it correct? We use computers everywhere and if used wisely they are really useful and helpful.


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I agree with SirGod's suggestions: commas are needed:

    We use computers everywhere and, if [they are] used wisely, they are really useful and helpful.

    (a) The commas are necessary because I think that "if they are used wisely" is

    parenthetical. That is, an extra comment "thrown " into the sentence.

    (2) I think that it would a good idea to delete (erase) the word "useful." Why? Because

    you have already used the word "used." Such repetition should perhaps be avoided.

    (3) Thus, we may have:

    We use computers everywhere and, if used wisely, they are really helpful.

    (4) I think that writing teachers tells us ordinary people to write "tight" sentences.

    That is, delete unnecessary words.

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