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    Household chores

    Is the sentence highlight with blue correct?

    In addition,
    increasing use of technology can release people from tying of household chores and routine works. ..........Modern people have much spare time to do what they want.

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    #2

    Re: Household chores

    No. Can you identify the problem?

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    Re: Household chores

    As a clue, think of what they are being released from. Is it 'tying'?

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    Re: Household chores

    Thanks for your reply.

    I don't think I can identify the problem. I just have a feeling that it is bit odd to use the words 'release' and 'tying'.

    Would you mind showing me what the problem is?

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    Re: Household chores

    Thanks BobK!

    I thought about using ‘ease’ instead of ‘release’, but I think the expression is not strong enough.

    And I thought about using ‘binding / confine instead of tying(tie).

    I checked with dictionaries, wikipedia and surfed on Yahoo Uk. But I still don’t have idea about the words.

    If I rewrite it,
    increasing use of technology can release people from tying to household chores and routine works.' Is this correct?

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    Re: Household chores

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    Thanks BobK!

    I thought about using ‘ease’ instead of ‘release’, but I think the expression is not strong enough.

    And I thought about using ‘binding / confine instead of tying(tie).

    I checked with dictionaries, wikipedia and surfed on Yahoo Uk. But I still don’t have idea about the words.

    If I rewrite it,
    increasing use of technology can release people from tying to household chores and routine works.' Is this correct?
    "can release people from tying to household chores" This part should be passive. Does that help?

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    Re: Household chores

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "can release people from tying to household chores" This part should be passive. Does that help?
    Thanks bhaisahab for giving me that clue!

    If I rewrite it,
    increasing use of technology can release people from being tied to household chores and routine works.'
    - Is the sentence correct now?

    - Are ‘release’ and ‘tie’ the proper words in this expression?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    Thanks bhaisahab for giving me that clue!

    If I rewrite it,
    increasing use of technology can release people from being tied to household chores and routine works.'
    - Is the sentence correct now?

    - Are ‘release’ and ‘tie’ the proper words in this expression?
    If you make "work" singular, it's OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    Thanks bhaisahab for giving me that clue!

    If I rewrite it,
    increasing use of technology can release people from being tied to household chores and routine works.'
    - Is the sentence correct now?

    - Are ‘release’ and ‘tie’ the proper words in this expression?
    Another way round it is to replace 'being tied to' with a noun; (this also lets you use a strong collocation of 'release').

    Increasing use of technology can release people from the shackles/bonds/...['ball and chain' is probably a bit 'over the top', but I like it ] of ...

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    PS There is also the verb 'hobble', which means 'restrict movement by connecting the legs with a short rope'. (The short rope is called 'a hobble', and the informal word 'nobble' (=give a subject of gambling [often a horse] a secret disadvantage)derives from 'an hobble' - dating from when the rules about a and an were different). So you could also say Increasing use of technology can save people from being hobbled by...
    Last edited by BobK; 30-Oct-2012 at 11:53. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: Household chores

    Thanks all your clues and tips.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post



    Another way round it is to replace 'being tied to' with a noun; (this also lets you use a strong collocation of 'release').

    Increasing use of technology can release people from the shackles/bonds/...['ball and chain' is probably a bit 'over the top', but I like it ] of ...

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    PS There is also the verb 'hobble', which means 'restrict movement by connecting the legs with a short rope'. (The short rope is called 'a hobble', and the informal word 'nobble' (=give a subject of gambling [often a horse] a secret disadvantage)derives from 'an hobble' - dating from when the rules about a and an were different). So you could also say Increasing use of technology can save people from being hobbled by...
    I like the idea of using ‘ball and chain’ too. That is a vivid description.

    Because the writing is going to review by a grammar checker using APA style, I don’t know if the idiom ‘ball and chain’ is accepted by it. Even though the system asks me to use other word, ‘shackle’, ‘hobble’ or ‘nobble’ is a very good word to use.
    Last edited by dawnngcm; 31-Oct-2012 at 09:07.

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