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    #1

    ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Hello everybody!

    The company is to control and maintain procedures to assure the safety of main supply or bottled gases used for heating and gas welding / burning.

    In my opinion, the sentence needs a little makeover.

    The company (is) to control and maintain procedures aimed at ensuring the safety of main supply or bottled gases used for heating and gas welding / burning.

    or

    The company (is) to control and maintain procedures for ensuring the safety of main supply or bottled gases used for heating and gas welding / burning.

    I think that it is procedures that ensure the safety of ..........

    I have looked the word "procedure" up on the Internet and it is followed by to and infintiive. The meaning is the same.

    What I do not understand is main supply gases from "main supply or bottled gases".

    Could you tell me what you think of my conclusions about the "procedures to assure the safety of main supply or" and the whole sentence.

    I would also be grateful for helping me unravel the mysterious main supply gases.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Gas mains are pipes which supply gas to buildings for heating and other purposes. Therefore "main supply gases" are gases which are sent through those pipes, or mains as they are known.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=gas+...Fcg5FAodC3wLrA

    The sentence is therefore talking about controlling and maintaining procedures which ensure the safety of gases used for heating, welding/burning, whether they come through a pipe or whether they are stored in a cylinder.

    The original sentence is fine. "Is to" is being used in an emphatic way to mean "must".
    "The company must control and maintain procedures to assure the safety of main supply or bottled gases used for heating and gas welding / burning."

    Does that help?

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    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    I did not question the use of "is to" but of "procedures to assure the safety".

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    #4

    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    "procedures to assure the safety".
    I think the above means the following, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    procedures which ensure the safety of gases used for heating, welding/burning

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    #5

    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Nor am I.

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    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Matthew is correct.

    I explained "is to" in the sentence because in your two reworkings you put "is" in brackets, which implied that perhaps you thought it shouldn't be used. If you take "is" out then none of the sentences make sense, and the vital element of the fact that "is to" is a essentially a command is lost. As this is a question about the safety of explosive gases I thought that it was necessary to explain that usage.

    This is not a criticism, but an explanation as to why the use of brackets made me explain "is to".

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    #7

    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    I agree with Eckaslike.
    Those brackets were confusing to me, too, JACEK.

    Last edited by tzfujimino; 11-Oct-2015 at 19:18.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    If you take "is" out then none of the sentences make sense
    If 'is' was omitted below, I think 'aimed' would be the main verb, i.e. 'the company aimed at ...', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    The company (is) to control and maintain procedures aimed at ensuring the safety of main supply or bottled gases used for heating and gas welding / burning.

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    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If 'is' was omitted below, I think 'aimed' would be the main verb, i.e. 'the company aimed at ...', but I am not a teacher.
    That would make little sense.

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    #10

    Re: ...... procedures to assure the safety of main supply or... the whole sentence

    Won't you admit that there are the so called infinitive structures that are mainly used in headlines, for instance:
    A probe to land on the Moon = A probe is to land on the Moon,
    A man to swim across the Atlantic single-handedly = A man is to swim the Atlantic single-handedly.
    Maybe it is the case in the case of "my" sentence in question.
    What do you think?
    Last edited by JACEK1; 12-Oct-2015 at 04:40.

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