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    #1

    a small number

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    According to the questionnaire, most people have been well aware that using disposable chopsticks which are contaminated with a chemical poses a serious risk to their bodies. Nevertheless, only a small number of people would rather carrying their own eating utensils than using disposable chopsticks. However, it’s interesting that some people are afraid of getting hurt by the splinters of disposable chopsticks.

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    #2

    Re: a small number

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    .. chopsticks which are contaminated with ...
    I think 'which are' can be omitted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    ... would rather carrying their ...
    The Oxford dictionary does not say that a gerund should be used after 'would rather', see http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...english/rather Scroll down to 'would rather'.

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 21-Aug-2014 at 11:42.

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    Re: a small number

    I am not a teacher.

    There are lots of possible ways of writing this. Here's one example which makes only slight changes to the original.

    Is the paragraph natural English?

    According to the questionnaire, most people are well aware that using chemically contaminated disposable chopsticks poses a serious health risk. Nevertheless, only a small number of people would rather carry their own eating utensils than use disposable chopsticks. However, it’s interesting that some people are afraid of getting hurt by splinters from disposable chopsticks.

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