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    #1

    scratch using = ?

    "It would be much better to build a new PC from scratch using up to date components"

    Does the phrases in red mean "this is a good time to use the new components"?

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    #2

    Re: scratch using = ?

    No, it does not mean that.

    You cannot separate the two words 'from scratch'. Click here and you will see that it is a phrase meaning 'from the very beginning'.

    (Bookmark the OneLook website for future reference.)

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    #3

    Re: scratch using = ?

    Sometimes, I meant sometimes I knew the word meaning. But I put them together becoming a sentence. I can't understand what does the sentence mean.
    Can you please give me suggestion?

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    Re: scratch using = ?

    I suggest that you refrain from doing the following, but I am not a teacher.
    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I'm just translating the sentence from English to Chinese word by word.

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    Re: scratch using = ?

    Would you have been able to understand it more easily if there had been a comma after "scratch"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: scratch using = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    "It would be much better to build a new PC from scratch using up to date components"

    Does the phrases in red mean "this is a good time to use the new components"?


    "It would be much better" [A common phrase stating that it would be better to do what the rest of sentence suggests, rather than doing the opposite, or something else].

    " to build a new PC from scratch" = [to build a new PC right from the start, rather than adapting an old PC or by using bits that you already have.]

    " using up to date components" = [using modern parts] http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...ish/up-to-date



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    Re: scratch using = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    "It would be much better to build a new PC from scratch using up to date components"
    If 'for you' was added before 'to build', I would think that the participle phrase modified 'you'. However, 'for you' is absent, so what does it modify?

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    Re: scratch using = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Would you have been able to understand it more easily if there had been a comma after "scratch"?
    Yes, but ,does it make any sense?

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    Re: scratch using = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Yes, but (no comma required here) does it make any sense?
    Do you mean "Does it make any sense with the comma?" or do you mean "Does the original sentence make sense?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: scratch using = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you mean "Does it make any sense with the comma?" or do you mean "Does the original sentence make sense?"

    Both of them.

    I want to say, I think it is a correct sentence in my eyes.
    But, I posted here. Then, many native speaker said that it doesn't make any sense.

    I think it is correct because it is right grammar.
    But, the teacher or foreigner are thinking or saying that it is incorrect.
    Maybe it's not a standard English or other.

    I have got my point to support my view, but it seems never making any sense.
    Last edited by Polyester; 23-Aug-2015 at 13:10.

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