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    #1

    Between and it

    " Most of us have roughly the same number of offspring. Again, differences between people and the opportunity for natural selection to take advantage of it have diminished. India shows what is happening." (ret240)
    1.What is between?
    2.What does "it" refer to?
    Please help me!
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    Last edited by notletrest; 14-Aug-2012 at 10:43. Reason: addition

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    #2

    Re: Between and it

    " Most of us have roughly the same number of offspring. Again, differences between people and the opportunity for natural selection to take advantage of it have diminished. India shows what is happening."

    1.What is between?
    2.What does "it" refer to?


    1) Here, "between" is a simple preposition indicating a relationship involving two or more people or things, in this case their differences.
    ... the differences between people ..."

    2) I believe "it" is incorrect.
    The text intends to say:
    "Again, differences between people, and the opportunity for natural selection to take advantage of them (the differences), have diminished."

    That is, "it" refers to "differences" (plural) and requires "them".
    I would be inclined to include the comma after "people".

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    Re: Between and it

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    " Most of us have roughly the same number of offspring. Again, differences between people and the opportunity for natural selection to take advantage of it have diminished. India shows what is happening."

    1.What is between?
    2.What does "it" refer to?


    1) Here, "between" is a simple preposition indicating a relationship involving two or more people or things, in this case their differences.
    ... the differences between people ..."

    2) I believe "it" is incorrect.
    The text intends to say:
    "Again, differences between people, and the opportunity for natural selection to take advantage of them (the differences), have diminished."

    That is, "it" refers to "differences" (plural) and requires "them".
    I would be inclined to include the comma after "people".

    not a teacher
    I am sorry to say that it is from the Chinese university graduate entrance test of 2000 year, put by the country, and I quoted it without mistake.
    Thanks!

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    Re: Between and it

    If I'm not very much mistaken, an alarming number of the posts containing mistakes which appear on this forum seem to be taken from the Chinese university graduate entrance test (not sure if it's always the same year). I would be interested to see the entire test because it appears to contain a worrying number of errors.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Between and it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If I'm not very much mistaken, an alarming number of the posts containing mistakes which appear on this forum seem to be taken from the Chinese university graduate entrance test (not sure if it's always the same year). I would be interested to see the entire test because it appears to contain a worrying number of errors.
    It is not necessary for me to copy the whole passage, because it is no use and too long to copy. Even if I copied it, perhaps you would not believe.
    Thanks!
    Last edited by notletrest; 14-Aug-2012 at 15:03. Reason: correction

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    Re: Between and it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would be interested to see the entire test because it appears to contain a worrying number of errors.
    Here it is.

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    Re: Between and it

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That is appalling.

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    #8

    Re: Between and it

    Wow. So many errors.
    For the record, I don't know what answer was intended for the question about using India as an example. None of them sounded right to me.
    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: Between and it

    Hmm...
    I mean no offense, but it looks like a poor translation from another language into English.


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    Re: Between and it

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post


    No more (and no less!)
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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