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    Position of Adverb.

    The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

    Is it correct if we place the adverbs after
    support human activities?

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

    Is it correct if we place the adverbs after
    support human activities?
    The original is preferable. I would say that you can add them after "activities" if you put them in brackets perhaps.

    The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to support human activities (both directly and indirectly), is usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

    I don't know if you missed a word out when you copied or if there is an error in the original, but there appears to be a word missing before "usually".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know if you missed a word out when you copied or if there is an error in the original, but there appears to be a word missing before "usually".
    No, I didn't. Here is the original.

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Ah, OK, I didn't realise it was a definition. Definitions are regularly not complete grammatical sentences. The context would have helped in this case.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Ah, OK, I didn't realise it was a definition.
    Really? May I know the reason? If I am asked to define something in exams, can I give the answer like that? or is it just like the newspaper headings where words are left out for wanting of space?

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    #6

    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Really? May I know the reason?
    Because you didn't say it was! ems assumed, as I did, that you had missed a word out.
    If I am asked to define something in exams, can I give the answer like that?
    I don't recommend it.
    or is it just like the newspaper headings where words are left out for wanting of space?
    Yes.The definitions in dictionaries are as short as possible, in order to save space. They are not intended to be complete sentences.

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Really? May I know the reason? If I am asked to define something in exams, can I give the answer like that? or is it just like the newspaper headings where words are left out for wanting of space?
    I don't mark exams, so I don't know about them, but it's a natural thing to do.

    A definition may be understood as answer to the question

    What is X?

    We can answer

    It's a kind of Y with a big, green Z on top.

    But we can also answer

    A kind of Y with a big, green Z on top.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 15-Jul-2012 at 19:14.

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Because you didn't say it was! ems assumed,
    I am sorry. I have misquoted her. I meant to quote her next sentence."
    Definitions are regularly not complete grammatical sentences".

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    Re: Position of Adverb.

    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I am sorry. I have misquoted her. I meant to quote her next sentence."
    Definitions are regularly not complete grammatical sentences".
    5jj answered that in post #6.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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