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    Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    Meanwhile, he is under investigation for potentially disclosing classified information in his first book, about the Bin Laden raid.


    Can I use potential instead of the word underlined in red?
    Please correct me!

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    #2

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    No. You need an adverb there.

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    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No. You need an adverb there.
    I can't understand again.
    Why did the sentence need the adverb?
    I try to translate from English to Chinese, it doesn't make sense.

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    #4

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    '... for the potential disclosing of classified information ...'
    Is it OK to use the adjective 'potential' here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I try to translate from English to Chinese, it doesn't make sense.
    What doesn't make sense?

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    #5

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    I don't get it either. But if you want to use the adjective, you'd have to say "for the potential disclosure of ..."
    What I don't get is the 'potential' bit. He's under investigation for something he could potentially do? But he's already written the book. He's either disclosed the information or he hasn't.

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    #6

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    The question is about whether the information was classified.

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    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    The people are investigating whether the information disclosed in his book is classified.
    Is it correct?

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    #8

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    That is my take on it.

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    #9

    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The people are investigating whether the information disclosed in his book is classified.
    Is it correct?

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    The word underlined in red is verb? or can noun, can verb?

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    Re: Can I use potential instead of potentially on that sentence.

    A past participle modifying a noun.

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