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    #1

    Which one is more natural?

    Which one is more natural?

    1. You can set down a bomb from a very low height without detonating it.
    2. You can set down a bomb from a very low height without detonation.
    3. You can set down a bomb from a very low height without its detonation.
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    You can set down a bomb from a very low height without its detonating.

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    #2

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    None of the above.

    'To set down a bomb' is an unnatural collocation.

    What do you mean? Drop a bomb? Put down a bomb?

    Not all bombs explode by simple contact with the ground.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    I meant drop. However, I have doubt about the last words. Detonating or detonation or what?

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    #4

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    4 works best for me. Having dropped a bomb from a plane, the pilot has no further control over its detonation.

    Why would you drop a bomb without wanting it to explode?

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    Re: Which one is more natural?

    "To set down", for me, means "to put down carefully". To be honest, if I were carrying a live bomb, I would be very careful when putting it down!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    4 works best for me. Having dropped a bomb from a plane, the pilot has no further control over its detonation.

    Why would you drop a bomb without wanting it to explode?
    I suspect he's not talking of dropping it from a plane but from really short distances (like throwing a key on the table). It could be an instruction to soldiers who are recruited to a military base. "You should be cautious while handling the bomb. It shouldn't be carelessly thrown here and there (like they could probably do with the guns and other supplies) but dropping it gently once it's only one feet above the ground should be fine" (Sounds a bit comical but is possible, I think).

    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #7

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    What about:

    You can set down a bomb from a very low height without it detonating.

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    #8

    Re: Which one is more natural?

    It's OK, but I would make the change to drop.

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    Re: Which one is more natural?

    For the sake of safety, I think they'd need to specify what "a very low height" is. I'm still not in favour of dropping bombs, from any height.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What about:

    You can set down a bomb from a very low height without it detonating.
    In post #3 you said you meant 'drop a bomb'. Why are persisting with the totally unnatural 'set down a bomb'?

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