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    #1

    Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    As far as I understand the construction "as.....as...." the following sentence does not make any sense. Or at least any appropriate sense.

    Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something their parents believe was wrong.

    The part "as severely as being hit" gives the sentence a strange meaning, as if we mean that kids might be hit that severely but not punished. They should be punished less severely than hit.

    Am I right?

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    #2

    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    The sentence appears to be saying that parents should not hit a child to correct his/her behavior. There are less severe punishments available.

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    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I would prefer something like:

    "Kids should not be punished so severely that they are beaten for breaking family rules."

    (Instead, for example, they could lose privileges for a reasonable time.)

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    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    Thanks you but the problem is not what the authour might have meant with the sentence but the structure of the sentence itself.
    The part "as severy as being hit" doesn't sound grammatically correctly to me, or at least it does not make sense.

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    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    I think it's OK. They should be punished less severely than being hit. "Being hit" is a level of severity.

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    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    Sorry, I am a bit confused now.
    You have changed the structure of the sentence anyway.
    I might have created some confusion, if yes, I apologise.
    Anyway, my prior question was wheter the structure of the sentence is correct. It sounds weird.

    Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something their parents believe was wrong.


    Is this sentence grammatically correct? If yes, does it make sense? To me it sounds wrong.
    Thank you in advance for your kind help.


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    Re: Kids shouldn't be punished as severly as being hit for something...

    ooh @Raymott !I think I have finally understood what you meant.
    So apparently this sentence can be ambiguous. I saw only one meaning first.

    I qoute myself:

    The part "as severely as being hit" gives the sentence a strange meaning, as if we mean that kids might be hit that severely but not punished. They should be punished less severely than hit.

    But now I see also the second meaning. Thank you for the explanation.

    But how could the sentence be improved in a way that it conveys only the second meaning (cf. your explanation) ?




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