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"Cannibals kill, skin, cook, and eat humans as what butchers do to poultry."
Does it make sense? Whether the analogy is proper is beside the point.
Butchers don't necessarily cook and eat poultry.
A native English teacher recently told me it doesn't make sense, see below.
Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Dec-2013 at 05:56.
I just posted a reply containing a URL to show how a native English teacher thinks about my sentence, but my whole reply was deleted promptly. Are URLs going to other sites banned on this forum?
If you use just as butchers do poultry, it would make better sense, apart from the factual issues- poultry tends to be plucked rather than skinned, etc. The original sentence in the first post doesn't work, though the meaning's clear enough.
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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.
Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Dec-2013 at 06:20.