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    Is the sentence natural English?

    The vice president of Ministry of Health and Welfare said, “Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) could result in a pant. But the chemical in disposable chopsticks is a little, so it won’t hurt health seriously.”

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    Re: Health and Welfare

    “Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) could result in a pant." What does this mean?

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    Re: Health and Welfare

    This page says that 'People with asthma can experience increased airway resistance with sulfur dioxide ... '.
    'Result in a pant' may mean 'cause people to pant'.

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    Re: Health and Welfare

    Thank for Matthew Wai. The sentence means "Sulfur Dioxide could cause people to pant."

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    #5

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    Yes. Pant is a verb. Pants and pant leg are nouns that are about clothing below the waist, not breathing above the collar.

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    Re: Health and Welfare

    Is the sentence natural?

    But the chemical in disposable chopsticks is a little, so it won’t hurt health seriously.

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    #7

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    but the amount of that chemical in disposable chopsticks is so low that it won't pose a serious risk to health.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Health and Welfare

    Does the Ministry of Health and Welfare actually have a vice-president or is it a Vice-Minister of Health and Welfare?
    I would say that sulphur dioxide can cause "respiratory problems."

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    #9

    Re: Health and Welfare

    I revised the sentence as written:

    Vice-Minister of Health and Welfare said, “Sulfur dioxide (SO2) can cause respiratory problems. But the amount of that chemical in disposable chopsticks is so low that it won't pose a serious risk to health.”

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    #10

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    We would usually use either Vice Minister or Vice-minister, not Vice-Minister. If you're hyphenating it, only one capital is called for. And you need an article:

    "The Vice-minister...."

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