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    #1

    Small children have smaller stomachs

    Does this passage say that due to small stomachs of children, they are more likely to suffer from malnutrition?
    This doesn't seem to be a common-sense concept.

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    4.Which of the following is suitable for the blank?
    Small children have smaller stomachs. They need concentrated foods, high in calories but low in volume. This is one of the main causes of infant________________. In many countries, children are poorly fed but adults are not. It would be a mistake to believe that adults eat everything and leave nothing for the children. Parents (and especially mothers) watch out for their children. They would happily give up their own food in order to feed their children. The problem is that many times the only food available to families consists of vegetables and roots high in fibre but low in calories. Adults can eat all they need, as their stomachs are big enough. And in enough quantity, any food will fatten a person. Small children, as hard as they try, cannot eat the amount of vegetables needed, because they donít have enough room in their stomach.
    ➀ unhappiness ➁ inability ➂ impatience ➃ malnutrition ➄ interest

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    #2

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Yes, that is what it is saying.

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    #3

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This doesn't seem to be a common-sense concept.
    Many truths are not common sense. However, it is common sense that if children require "concentrated foods, high in calories" and you feed them "vegetables and roots high in fibre but low in calories" then they are at risk of malnutrition. The have full small stomachs filled with fibre and not enough calories.

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    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The have full small stomachs filled with fibre and not enough calories.
    ?

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    #5

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    "The" should be "they".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "The" should be "they".
    or perhaps "They'll"?

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    #7

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    or perhaps "They'll"?
    Yep, let's have extensive discussions about each other's typos. I think it could be quite edifying.
    I probably meant "They". "They'll" would be a poor choice. Perhaps I meant "They'd" (that is to say, "They would"). This would be consistent with the conditional "... if children require "concentrated foods, high in calories ..." But I think it's most likely that I just left the 'y' off the end of "They", given that I used "they" in the previous sentence. Still, further opinions about what I could have meant would be appreciated if anyone really has the time for this.

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    #8

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    or perhaps "They'll"?
    Unnecessary nitpicking.

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    #9

    Re: Small children have smaller stomachs

    I planned to do what I usually do when I spot a typo in another native speaker's post and simply edit it. However, I was beaten to it by teechar's unnecessary post. Teechar, please bear in mind that we are all fallible and a typo is probably just a typo. Usually, it will be corrected by the poster or by another moderator. There is no need to jump in with a new post, causing a somewhat diversionary conversation to take place.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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