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    #1

    proceeds in succession

    In short, if overpopulation was proceed in succession, resources or infrastructure will have to develop immediately.*In short, if overpopulation proceeds in succession, resources or infrastructures will have to developed immediately.
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    Which sounds natural?
    1. proceeds in succession
    2. continues in succession
    3. proceeds continuously

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    #2

    Re: proceeds in succession

    You need to have a fourth choice: none of the above.

    I don't know what it means to proceed in succession or how overpopulation can do that. I do know that infrastructure isn't developed. It is BUILT.

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    #3

    Re: proceeds in succession

    You need to start all over with those sentences.

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    #4

    Re: proceeds in succession

    Maybe 'keeps growing'

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    #5

    Re: proceeds in succession

    Well, a population can either grow or keep growing. However, overpopulation is another story. It is just a word that expresses somebody's opinion that there are too many people in a given area.

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    #6

    Re: proceeds in succession

    As you said, overpopulation can't grow, it just "keeps happening" to make it simple. What do you think?
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    In short, if overpopulation was proceed in succession, resources or infrastructure will have to develop immediately.
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    overpopulation "keeps happening", resources or infrastructures will have to developed immediately.

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    #7

    Re: proceeds in succession

    Please forget the phrase overpopulation was proceed in succession which is hopelessly muddled.

    Overpopulation is not an event which happens; it's a state of being. Try this:

    If overpopulation continues, infrastructure will have to be developed immediately.

    This is not really logical though. Unless large numbers of residents die or are forced to move away, the population of an area won't decline rapidly. So an "overpopulated" area will remain so.
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    #8

    Re: proceeds in succession

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    As you said, overpopulation can't grow, it just "keeps happening" to make it simple. . . .
    You're misunderstanding "overpopulation."

    Overpopulation cannot grow. Population can grow.

    Overpopulation is just a condition. It cannot be counted, so there is no number to grow. Population can be counted, so the number can grow.
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    #9

    Re: proceeds in succession

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    In short, if overpopulation continues, resources and infrastructure will have to develop immediately. [SPACE!] In short, if overpopulation continues, resources and infrastructure will have to developed immediately.
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    Which sounds natural? None of them.
    1. proceeds in succession Meaningless.
    2. continues in successionMeaningless.
    3. proceeds continuously Not natural.
    Keannu, would you give us the entire essay in one post? That would be easier for you and for us.
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    #10

    Re: proceeds in succession

    However, keannu, if you do that, please post it in the "Editing and Writing Topics" section. It will be too long for "Ask A Teacher".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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