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    Question Relation between the word seal and with/in

    Hello, teachers!

    I would like to ask about the following sentence:

    "Seal the product with its box in a large container."

    According to this direction, the product should be placed (sealed) in its box to be sealed? (The box should be then placed in a large container?)

    Or, the product and its box should be placed separately in a large container and sealed?

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    Re: Relation between the word seal and with/in

    The product should be put in its box and the box in a container. The container must then be sealed.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Relation between the word seal and with/in

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    The product should be put in its box and the box in a container. The container must then be sealed.
    That's the common-sense interpretation. However, the actual words are ambiguous. They could be telling you to place the box and the product separately in the container.

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    Re: Relation between the word seal and with/in

    Quote Originally Posted by mamma View Post
    According to this direction, the product should be placed (sealed) in its box to be sealed? (The box should be then placed in a large container?)
    This sentence doesn't make sense. You seal the product in the box so that it can then be sealed?
    'Sealed' doesn't mean 'placed'.
    To me, "Seal the product with its box in a large container" means "Place the product in its box (not necessarily sealing the box), then seal the package into a large container."

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    Re: Relation between the word seal and with/in

    The sentence isn't very clear, but what's the purpose of putting it in the container? If it's to transport it, then why put the box and the product separately into the container? I would go with Charliedeut's interpretation without a good reason for separating the two.

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