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    Synthesis

    I like to eat chocolate very much. I like to eat ice cream very much.

    I have synthesised the sentences as follows:

    1. I like to eat chocolate as much as I like to eat ice cream.

    2. I like to eat chocolate as much as ice cream.

    Which of the above sentences is the correct way to join the sentences? If neither is correct, how should I do it?

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    You'll hear both.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Synthesis

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You'll hear both.
    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    The above sentences are a question set locally for a test. They are not from any article.

    I wonder which is technically the correct answer. The answer provided is the first sentence. However, I wonder whether it is too wordy.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 18-Jun-2012 at 05:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    The above sentences are a test question for students to answer. They are not from any article.

    I wonder which is technically the correct answer for the test. The answer provided is the first sentence. However, I wonder whether it is too wordy.
    "Too wordy" doesn't make anything incorrect, grammatically or otherwise. Being overly wordy might make something a little unnatural but it doesn't mean it's not right.

    I would [personally] not be able to tell you which answer is "technically the correct answer for this test" as they both seem fine to me. The correct answer is, for the purposes of that exercise, unfortunately, whichever answer the writer of the book chose to make it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    I think both are fine too. If the test only specifies one possibility, then the problem lies with the test, though when making tests, it can be difficult to predict all the correct answers. It is good if they allow some flexibility.

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