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    usage of tangential

    tangential - indirectly related to something

    According to the dictionary, "tangential" is defined as above. I would like to make up a sentence using this word.

    (ex) At an international physics conference, the first ten scientists talk about the same theory by relating it to the speed of light. Up next is a well-known physicist. From a tangential viewpoint, he relates the theory to the energy of light.

    Could someone please explain whether I am using the word correctly. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: usage of tangential

    The problem with using tangential is that it's also a scientific/mathematical term. Unless it's used as a pun, I would try another word.

    At the international physics conference, the first ten scientists talked about the same theory by relating it to the speed of light. Up next was a well-known physicist. From a similar perspective, he relates the theory to the energy of light.


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    Re: usage of tangential

    Thanks for your comments. I do not know why 'the' is used. I am not talking about a specific conference. My friend's dad is a university professor and attends a few international conferences every year. Earlier today, my English teacher suggested that I use the present tense because it is a "timeless" example. I am very confused now.

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    Re: usage of tangential

    If there are several such conferences, then "an" would be correct.

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