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    Exposure - Breakage

    Hi,
    Is the following sentence right and formal? I want to use this sentence in academic writing.
    The sound barriers breakage leads to exposure of many cities to sound pollution.

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    No.

    'The breaking of the sound barrier leads to the exposure...'

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.

    'The breaking of the sound barrier leads to the exposure...'
    How would be this sentence if I wanted to use the noun "breakage"?

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    Quote Originally Posted by alikhalili71 View Post
    How would be this sentence if I wanted to use the noun "breakage"?
    It wouldn't work with "breakage".

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    The Oxford dictionary says 'breakage' means 'The action of breaking something, or the fact of being broken', why doesn't it work here?

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    Is it right to use plural form of "sound barrier"? If yes, is it common?

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    No. If you want to refer to a number of occasions when the sound barrier is broken, call them 'sonic booms'.

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    Matthew, it is a different kind of "break". When one breaks a bone or a plate, the original thing is broken into pieces. When one breaks the sound barrier, the sound barrier remains intact.

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    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    In 'breaking the sound barrier', 'breaking' means 'breaking through', to which 'breakage' does not apply because it means 'breaking into pieces'.
    Is it correct?

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    #10

    Re: Exposure - Breakage

    Yes.

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