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    fully utilised (any synonyms?)

    I'd appreciate any comments on the sentence below relating to grammar and words.


    They fully utilisied the angled buildinglot, and created a building that perfectly fits the surroundings, yet sticks out.


    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: fully utilised (any synonyms?)

    Hello,

    I think I would probably change the word "building" to "design", if that still maintains the meaning you want. To me, it works perfectly in this context.

    I would also change "sticks out" to "stands out". "Sticks out" is usually an unfavourable description. A house that sticks out is an awkward looking one, which might also be an obstacle. A house that stands out may be unusual, or interesting, in design.

    So, for me, your sentence would work something like this:

    "They fully utilisied the angled buildinglot, and created a design that perfectly fits the surroundings, yet still sticks stands out."

    You could use "yet is still striking." to end with instead, especially if the building is quite dramatic.

    Does that help at all?

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    Re: fully utilised (any synonyms?)

    Thank you. That was very helpful. I wasn't aware of "stick out" bearing a negative meaning. :)

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    Re: fully utilised (any synonyms?)

    You're welcome.

    We have a very well known phrase, where something is ugly and out of place. We say, "It sticks out like a sore thumb!". So you definitely don't want your building to be thought of in those terms.

    e.g.
    A. "Did you see that house over there?"
    B. "Oh yes, isn't it awful. It sticks out like a sore thumb!"

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    Re: fully utilised (any synonyms?)

    Synonyms - fully exploited, fully taken advantage of
    "Angled building lot" does not mean much. Is it angled in shape (sharp or pointed) or orientation(in relation to its access)?

    "Building lot", not "buildinglot".
    Last edited by tedmc; 30-Jul-2015 at 02:32.
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