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    compond sentence

    Hi Teachers,

    I have some problems to understand this sentence.

    "Because of the negative effects that global climate changes threatens to cause, finding ways to reduce CO2 levels has become very important in both the scientific and policy worlds."

    1) "to cause" seems to be needed an object. ???
    2) I have to read over this sentence more than twice to really understand what it means. If I change the sentence to be; "Finding ways to reduce CO2 levels has become very important in both the scientific and policy worlds because global climate changes threatens to cause the negative effects", is it easier to understand and does it give the same meaning?

    Thank you for your advice

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by iboon14 View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    I have some problems to understand this sentence.

    "Because of the negative effects that global climate changes threatens to cause, finding ways to reduce CO2 levels has become very important in both the scientific and policy worlds."

    1) "to cause" seems to be needed an object. ???
    2) I have to read over this sentence more than twice to really understand what it means. If I change the sentence to be; "Finding ways to reduce CO2 levels has become very important in both the scientific and policy worlds because global climate changes threatens to cause the negative effects", is it easier to understand and does it give the same meaning?

    Thank you for your advice
    Where did you find that sentence. It contains several errors.

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where did you find that sentence. It contains several errors.
    http://www.mit.edu/~jfabi/papers/aircapture_review.pdf

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where did you find that sentence. It contains several errors.
    A literature review of CO 2 capture directly from ambient air

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    #5

    Re: compond sentence

    In your version, delete the before negative effects. However, I don't see it as easier to read.

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by iboon14 View Post
    "Because of the negative effects that global climate changes threatens to cause, finding ways to reduce CO2 levels has become very important in both the scientific and policy worlds."

    1) "to cause" seems to be needed an object. ???
    The object of 'threatens to cause' is 'that', referring back to 'the negative effects'. The verb should be 'threaten', not 'threatens - its subject is 'global climate changes'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 01-Mar-2014 at 22:03. Reason: typo corrected

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In your version, delete the before negative effects. However, I don't see it as easier to read.
    Why do we need to delete the before negative effects ? please advice.

    I searched "to cause negative effects" in google and found 1,140,000 results but when I used "to cause the negative effects"; I found only 91,600 results.

    What are the differences ? I know that "the" used in the specific situation but why can't I use in this sentence. and why a lot of people use "to cause negative effects" more than "to cause the negative effects".
    Last edited by iboon14; 01-Mar-2014 at 19:06.

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    Re: compond sentence

    I could live with "the" or could go without it. In this case, specific negative effects have been identified or alleged (depending on one's point of view). Because of that, "the" could be used.

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    Re: compond sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The object of 'threatens to cause' is 'that', referring back to 'the negative effects'. The verb should be 'thraten', not 'threatens - its subject is 'global climate changes'.
    I am not a teacher

    Was "thraten" misspelt?

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    Yes, "thraten" is a typo.

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