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    The device has withstood the load test.

    Hello everybody!

    A few months ago a workmate of mine said that it is wrong to say: "The device has withstood the load test".

    He argued that the sentence would not be taken literally by a reader. It looks like he expects the device to fail the load test. Today I asked a crewmember from a British ship if there was something wrong with the sentence. He had no objections to it. I still can't remember what my workmate had in mind. If any device undergoes a load test, it may pass or fail it. In my opinion, there is no need to write "The device has withstood the load test with a positive result". The fact of withstanding a test means passing it.

    What do you think of it?

    Thank you.

    Does "The device has withstood the load test" not necessarily mean that the result is positive?
    Last edited by JACEK1; 30-Jun-2014 at 20:52.

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    Re: The device has withstood the load test.

    I think it's fine.

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    #3

    Re: The device has withstood the load test.

    It's fine and yes, it means the result is positive. It passed the test.

    If it failed, then it did not "withstand" the test.

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    Re: The device has withstood the load test.

    The only thing I can think of is whether it should be a/the load test- there might be more than one possible test, but it is impossible to argue that withstanding is failure.

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