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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    When comparing the first language and target language cultures, (...?)

    1. When comparing the first language and target language cultures, one should not appear to be higher or better than the other.

    2. When comparing the first language and target language cultures, it is in one's best interest not to appear to be higher or better than the other.

    3. When comparing the first language and target language cultures, it is better not to appear to be higher or better than the other.

    4. When comparing the first language and target language cultures, it is best not to appear to be higher or better than the other.


    Any better example?

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    Re: When comparing the first language and target language cultures, (...?)

    Of the four, the first one works best for me. It's the only one which clarifies that when comparing two languages, neither should seem superior. The others are either ungrammatical, or confusing as to what is being compared. However, I would use something other than 'higher'. I'm not sure what you mean by a language or culture being 'higher'.

    Perhaps one of the following would convey what you mean:
    'one should not appear better than the other'
    'one should not appear superior to the other'

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    Re: When comparing the first language and target language cultures, (...?)

    Hello Skrej.

    I do mean culture. 'one should not appear superior to the other' is better.

    With your recommendation: When comparing the first language and target language cultures,
    one should not appear superior to the other.

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