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    Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, cars,

    "Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, cars, clothes, buildings. Most of this carbon originates from petroleum or coal, fossil fuels buried underground for millions of years."

    Can we rephrase above sentence as below?

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    Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, cars, clothes, buildings. Most of this carbon originates from petroleum or coal, fossil fuels that were buried underground for millions of years."

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    #2

    Re: Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, c

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, c

    Can we put "which have been" at the place of "that were" without changing the meaning?
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    Re: Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, c

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Most everyday items contain carbon, usually as plastics – computers, medicines, c

    Yes.
    Also, I would start your first sentence with "Many" to avoid two successive sentences beginning with "Most".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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