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    #1

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    Hello again!

    For the purpose of building jumbo-sized structures, we have an open area on which to put up specialised, temporary tents and our own mobile cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 100T.

    Do you think that "an open area on which to put up specialised, temporary tents" obscures the meaning of the sentence.

    By using "an open area on which to put up specialised, temporary tents" I meant "an open area on which one can put up specialised, temporary tents". The google translate suggested using "an open area with the possibility of putting up specialised, temporary tents". If I were in google translate's shoes , I would use ""an open area with the ability to put up specialised, temporary tents".

    ".....own mobile cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 100T" refers to "we have", of course.

    What do you think of my sentence and conclusions?

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    #2

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    It starts off perfectly fine, and then you start explaining it. In any case, it is not the open area that has the ability to put up temporary tents or anything else. It is the people who are using it who are going to do that. (If the Google translator says that it isn't worth much.) There is a change that might make it clearer. Try:

    For the purpose of building jumbo-sized structures, we have an open area on which to put up specialised, temporary tents, and we have our own mobile cranes with a lifting capacity of up to 100 tons.

    What do you think?


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    #3

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    I think you are right.

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    #4

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    I inadvertently gave you an insight into my thinking process. (Scary, isn't it?) When I first read that sentence it seemed perfectly OK. Then when I looked at it again I noticed there was room for improvement. (If you are getting those kind of results from Google Translator -- well, save your money. )


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