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    #1

    carcinogenic.

    Is the sentence natural English?

    Dr. Ke-Shih Chao, a professor at Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, said, “The factory soaks the disposable chopsticks in liquid of the chemical which may be carcinogenic.”

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    #2

    Re: carcinogenic.

    It should be "soaks the disposable chopsticks in a chemical which may be carcinogenic".

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    #3

    Re: carcinogenic.

    Ashiuto: Note that you can't 'soak' anything in anything but a liquid; hence MNY's correction.

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    PS: My general point is, in any other case, pay attention to what the verb implies. If you don't, you'll sound repetitive and unnatural.
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Aug-2014 at 11:30. Reason: PS added

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    #4

    Re: carcinogenic.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... sound repetitive and unnatural.
    'Don't drink anything in a liquid form which may be carcinogenic.'
    Is it a case in point?

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    #5

    Re: carcinogenic.

    Well, that is good advice, but people don't drink chopsticks.

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    #6

    Re: carcinogenic.

    'Anything' doesn't apply to chopsticks which are not liquid.

    Not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: carcinogenic.

    Do you mean the word "soak" implies "a chemical" is liquid, so the words "liquid of the" should be deleted?

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    #8

    Re: carcinogenic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Do you mean the word "soak" implies "a chemical" is liquid, so the words "liquid of the" should be deleted?
    Yes. If you soak something in a chemical, then the chemical must be in liquid form.

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