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    So it is with the computer's memory,

    1. So it is with the computer's memory, the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis. (quoted from a book)
    2. So it is with the computer's memory that the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
    #1 is correct. Is #2 acceptable?

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    What is the previous sentence?

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    Our memory is where we remember things; it is our brain's more or less permanent record of information, but the memory of a computer is not a permanent record of anything. Instead, the computer's memory is the part it uses as a work space. The memory is where the computer places the information it is working on at the time. This is just like the desk of an office worker. When people perform work, information is spread out on as much of the desk as is needed. When the work is finished, the desk is cleared and made ready for another task. So it is with the computer's memory, the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    When the work is finished, the desk is cleared and made ready for another task. So it is with the computer's memory - the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. So it is with the computer's memory, the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis. (quoted from a book)
    2. So it is with the computer's memory that the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
    #1 is correct. Is #2 acceptable?
    In #1, the comma is wrong; there should be a dash or a colon there.

    In #2 I'd change 'that' to 'in that' or 'insofar as' (if I felt it necessary to alter it...which I don't).

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    When the work is finished, the desk is cleared and made ready for another task. So it is with the computer's memory - the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
    Can I say "So is it with the computer's memory - the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis"?

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    No.

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    Our memory is where we remember things; it is our brain's more or less permanent record of information, but the memory of a computer is not a permanent record of anything. Instead, the computer's memory is the part it uses as a work space. The memory is where the computer places the information it is working on at the time. This is just like the desk of an office worker. When people perform work, information is spread out on as much of the desk as is needed. When the work is finished, the desk is cleared and made ready for another task. So it is with the computer's memory - the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
    What does it refer to in the above passage?

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    Re: So it is with the computer's memory,

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Our memory is where we remember things; it is our brain's more or less permanent record of information, but the memory of a computer is not a permanent record of anything. Instead, the computer's memory is the part it uses as a work space. The memory is where the computer places the information it is working on at the time. This is just like the desk of an office worker. When people perform work, information is spread out on as much of the desk as is needed. When the work is finished, the desk is cleared and made ready for another task. So it is with the computer's memory - the computer uses its memory on a temporary basis.
    What does it refer to in the above passage?
    "So it is" means "Such is the state of things".
    By the way, I don't much like "Our memory is where we remember things". Memory means so many thing. Our storage memory is where we store memories. We remember things in consciousness (by retrieving memories from storage). Another function is putting down memories in the first place. Unfortunately, "remembering" by itself can be used for creating memories as well as for accessing stored memories.
    Also, you're talking about RAM (random access memory) in the computer. ROM (read only memory) performs the same function as the human storage memory component. RAM performs the same function as consciousness, or perhaps working memory.
    If this is an important document, I think it should be rewritten, once it is reconceptualised to reflect reality.

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