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    The trail soon saw British officers working

    Hello all users!

    The trail soon saw British officers working alongside the Australian Federal Police and US Immigration and customs officials to track down other perpetrators and begin to unravel the network.

    Does "The trail soon saw British officers working" mean "As a result of gathering pieces of information/based on gathered pieces of information, British officers were soon working"?

    Thank you.

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    re: The trail soon saw British officers working

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    Not sure if it's a physical trail or a "trail of evidence" they're talking about. They way the author is using 'trail' doesn't seem quite right. Can you give any further context for this sentence?

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    I have removed the four question marks from the end of your title, JACEK. It's not even a question.

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
    Not sure if it's a physical trail or a "trail of evidence" they're talking about. They way the author is using 'trail' doesn't seem quite right. Can you give any further context for this sentence?
    It's an online trail- they were tracking down paedophiles: Learning English - Words in the News - Philippines online child abuse arrests
    I agree with SlickVic that it's a odd usage- I would say that the investigation soon saw British officers..., and I think that trail here is used in a similar way. so I think your interpretation is fine.

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    Taking into account your comments, I daresay that "The trail soon saw British officers working" could be expressed as "Based on/on the basis of the investigation, British officers were soon working".

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    "Based on the basis of the investigation" is not natural English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    It is 'Based on/on the basis of the investigation'.

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    Re: The trail soon saw British officers working

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    It is 'Based on/on the basis of the investigation'.
    I can only assume that you mean that it is either:

    - Based on the investigation
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    - On the basis of the investigation

    If that is what you meant, you should have capitalised the second "on" in your post to make it clear that it was an alternative beginning of a sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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