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    Does the sentence make sense?

    "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.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "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.
    It makes sense, but I would change "as what" to "just as".

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    #3

    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    Butchers don't necessarily cook and eat poultry.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Butchers don't necessarily cook and eat poultry.
    LOL! I suppose that is true.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Butchers don't necessarily cook and eat poultry.
    I know the analogy is not very proper, but what I want to know is whether you can make sense of the sentence.
    A native English teacher recently told me it doesn't make sense, see below.
    http://www.allexperts.com/user.cgi?m...48&qID=5054170
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Dec-2013 at 06:56.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    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?

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    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?
    As far as I know a new member here has to wait for a moderator to approve any post that contains a link. Just be patient.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    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?
    No, they're not, but people have to post 10 times before they can post links. If a post has a link before then, it will not appear until someone has approved it.

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    Re: Does the sentence make sense?

    This makes it harder for spammers and trolls. If they can't post their links to their Web sites that sell fake Coach handbags, fake NFL jerseys, or mail order brides, they go elsewhere.
    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: Does the sentence make sense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you use just as butchers do poultry, it would make better sense...
    A certified teacher told me that "Indeed 'do' here is an action verb (it's followed by an object) ... 'People do birds' makes no sense..."
    Is she wrong? May I post a URL going to her answers on another site?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 02-Dec-2013 at 07:20.

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