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    Product Deviated From Design

    I have a question about some sentence structure:


    1. "The finished product deviated from the original design."


    Sentence 1 seems a little off, because it directly compares a product to a design. Would the following rewrite:


    2. "The design of the finished product deviated from the original design."


    be better, because the design of the final product is directly compared to the original design? It is better to compare one apple with another apple, instead of comparing an apple with an orange.

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    Re: Product Deviated From Design

    No. No no no. It's two different things.

    It is the product that deviates from the design. The design is to have a hole that is, say, 5 mm in diameter. The actual product has a hole that is 10 mm. The product has deviated from the design. There has been some sort of problem in the manufacturing of the actual product.

    The design is an abstract. The product is the concrete attempt to realize the design.

    Now, if you had an original design and then there was a change in design you would not refer to it as a deviation. Of course there is a deviation. If there was no deviation, then it would not be a new design. A change in design would be a "revision."
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 05-Jun-2015 at 20:40.

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    Re: Product Deviated From Design

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with your first sentence. In fact, it's perfectly natural, understandable and preferable to the second in my opinion.

    "Deviate" is not used as a tool of direct comparison.

    Have a look at the example sentences here:
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...nglish/deviate

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