Results 1 to 9 of 9
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 1,038
    #1

    one-time-use

    Please help me correct the following paragraph. Thanks!

    For another thing, the use of one-time-use products such as disposable wood or bamboo chopsticks is widely seen as a waste of limited resources. According to a study, China’s disposable chopstick addiction is destroying its forests. As a result, severe deforestation has become one of China's gravest environmental problems. This widespread use of disposable chopsticks has proved detrimental for the environment.

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #2

    Re: one-time-use

    I see no specifically grammatical problem, though from an environmental point of view I'd question the use of 'widely seen'.

    b

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 1,038
    #3

    Re: one-time-use

    What is the better expression of 'widely seen'?

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #4

    Re: one-time-use

    I don't mind "one-time-use/one-time use" but I'd probably refer to them as "single-use".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,833
    #5

    Re: one-time-use

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'd probably refer to them as "single-use".
    I would too, or disposable.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #6

    Re: one-time-use

    I was going to suggest that too but the word "disposable" appears four words later in the original piece.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,833
    #7

    Re: one-time-use

    I would use second-hand before pre-used, regardless of usage patterns, and one-time-use seems to be up there in the terrible terminology that I won't adopt category. I could settle on single-use, but creating euphemisms beyond that is an exercise that strikes me as pointless.

  4. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #8

    Re: one-time-use

    I can't say I like 'one-time use', but it seems to me there is a distinction to be made between 'single use' (example - paper underwear) and 'one-time use' (example a ring-pull can, or a fuse wire - which is designed to fail once and only once (failing in a predictable way is its job).

    Ashiuto: As I said, I was making a point about the environment (not to be pursued here - but worth describing, so that the point I'm making about semantics comes across). To say something is 'widely seen as X' suggests that there is a (sane) alternative view - so that you could say 'which are widely seen as an X, although the NNN see them as a Y'. '[D]isposable wood or bamboo chopsticks' just are a waste of limited resources. What could be said is that not everyone recognizes or cares about this. So if you want a participle in your sentence you could say '..., which are widely recognized to be a waste...'

    b

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #9

    Re: one-time-use

    The chopsticks piece is for a school competition. Getting us to rewrite it is cheating.

    Thread closed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2014, 13:36
  2. [Cover Letter] long time reader, first time poster: please check my cover letter!
    By sssupersssnake in forum CVs, Resumes and Applications
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29-Jul-2013, 21:09
  3. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-Jul-2013, 15:27
  4. Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..
    By aachu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2012, 18:49
  5. [General] plenty of time/ample time/as if with some purpose/deliberately/
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Aug-2009, 04:48

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •