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    "If we can show that..., we are able to..."

    Hello teachers,

    Greetings!

    The following para is from a chapter I am working on. The book is about comparative literature (the author compares some East Asian works with Western ones, especially Dante's Divine Comedy), and it is very well written.

    The premise is that if the Seoyukyunmun by Yu Kil-Jun can berecognized as a translation of Western culture, we can understand “translation”more broadly as moving the context of a nation (or history, culture, andlanguage) into another nation (or history, culture, and language). In this way,we are able to distinguish other aspects of translation apart from that ofunilateral reception: we can discover the style of the modern novel or“national language” through translation, experience modern subjects, or formthe modern space. All these have been discussed before but we should be able toexamine them anew from the perspective of cultural translation.

    Here is my doubt:

    • Is the verb are OK here, or should it be will be? I think are is correct.


    Here is another para:

    We need to consider Sin Ch‘ae-ho as an example of a writer who received Western modernity subjectively by pursuing, to borrow Lydia Liu’s term, “trans-linguistic practice.” If we can show that there is a rivalry between modernization and translation in Sin Ch‘ae-ho’s case, we are able to shed new light on the space of modern Korean literature as a ‘history’ to which we refer in a new phase of modernization in our more globalized world.


    • Here, is are able to correct, or should it be just can or will be able to? I am unsure.


    Could you please help me with your explanation? Thank you so much for your patience.

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    Re: "If we can show that..., we are able to..."

    A couple of notes about your questions:
    1. You have a question, not a doubt.
    2. Para is not a word. I think you mean paragraph.

    Are was the right choice for your first question.

    I would write can or will be able to​ for the second.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "If we can show that..., we are able to..."

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A couple of notes about your questions:
    1. You have a question, not a doubt.
    2. Para is not a word. I think you mean paragraph.

    Yes!

    Thank you very much!

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