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    #1

    There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    "There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change."


    Does the above sentence grammatical?

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    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    "There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change."


    Is the above sentence grammatical?
    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    However, I wonder if "metrics" might not be a better choice than "units."
    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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    #4

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.

    Rover

    Then is it possible to change 'by which' to 'where'?

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    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Then is it possible to change 'by which' to 'where'?
    No.

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    #6

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    However, I wonder if "metrics" might not be a better choice than "units."
    I'd never heard of that use of metrics, Barb, but I looked it up and saw that it might be a possibility.

    I'm not sure many people would understand it, though.

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    #7

    There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change. -> by which???

    There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change




    I wonder why we need 'by which' in the above sentence.

    I understand the sentence as 'There are many units to measure the impact of climate change'.


    Is 'by which' a 'preposition + relative pronoun' in the sentence?

    If then what is the precedence of which?


    Please help.
    Last edited by wotcha; 11-Aug-2012 at 15:30.

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    #8

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change. -> by whic

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    The most important thing is that you understand it correctly. I don't know if I can explain it well, but "which" refers back to "units". "By" is used because you measure something by something. Education shouldn't be measured purely by examination results. (Source: Longman).

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    #9

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    However, I wonder if "metrics" might not be a better choice than "units."
    I agree that some other word should be chosen. "Units" when used with "measure" seems to refer to the units of measure (e.g. inches, millimeters, furlongs).

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    #10

    Re: There are many units by which to measure the impact of climate change. -> by whic

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    The most important thing is that you understand it correctly. I don't know if I can explain it well, but "which" refers back to "units". "By" is used because you measure something by something. Education shouldn't be measured purely by examination results. (Source: Longman).
    Now I can get this sentence.

    'Many units are there to measure the impact of climate change by which ( = by many units) '

    I've learned and taught relative pronoun always comes before a clause, so I was pretty much confused

    when I first came across the sentence. As Gillnetter said, however, I might understand it

    as a new pattern of composition.
    Last edited by wotcha; 12-Aug-2012 at 08:07.

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