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    encounter drugs more easily

    These days, the number of young people taking drugs is on the increase.,,,,,Watching scenes where entertainers who are their object of envy take drugs, young people come to have a fantasy. This can cause them to be curious about drugs. Besides, people sometimes hope to deviate from the routine of daily life. Drugs can be a tool for such deviation.
    Second, people can encounter drugs more easily than before. Because people obtain drugs more easily by using the internet.

    Is "encounter" a suitable term in this context?
    people can encounter drugs more easily than before.



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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    It's acceptable.

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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    These days, the number of young people taking drugs is on the increase. . . . Watching scenes where entertainers who are their objects of envy take drugs, young people come to have fantasies. This can cause them to be curious about drugs.

    I'd turn that around. The fantasies don't lead to curiosity. Curiosity leads to the fantasies.

    Besides, people sometimes hope to
    deviate from the routine of daily life. Drugs can be a tool for such deviation.
    Second, people can encounter drugs more easily than before, because they can obtain drugs more easily by using the internet.

    Is "encounter" a suitable term in this context? Since you're talking about obtaining drugs, I'd say "find," "buy," or "get."

    I hope that helps.
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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    English does not use repeated commas as punctuation. Don't write ",,,,,,".
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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    Instead of that string of commas, you could use an ellipsis. That's three dots, one after another, without spaces between them but with a space before them and a space after ... like that!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    ",,,,,," was used to indicate omitted parts in between. If I didn't insert it, the flow would seem unnatural. OK, I will use "..." instead.

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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    The ellipsis is exactly the right punctuation to use to indicate that some words have been omitted from a sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    It seems fantasies lead to curiosity. The watchers didn't have any curiosity in the beginning, but the media motivated them to have fantasies that created curiosity.

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    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    ",,,,,," was used to indicate omitted parts in between. If I didn't insert it, the flow would seem unnatural. OK, I will use "..." instead.
    Here's one more rule about using ellipses. The ellipsis replaces any text that you've omitted. If that text is at the end of the sentence, you replace it with an ellipsis and leave in the punctuation that ends the sentence:

    I'm omitting text from the end of this sentence.... [four dots: three for the ellipsis and one for the period]
    This sentence had some more text before the exclamation mark...!

    The same rule applies when you omit text in the middle of a sentence: leave in any punctuation that makes sense after the ellipsis.

    I'm omitting text from the middle of this... sentence.
    The quoted sentence, which had more words before the second comma..., now omits those words.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 16-May-2016 at 17:36. Reason: Move the ellipsis in my comma illustration to make the sample more realistic.
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    #10

    Re: encounter drugs more easily

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Instead of that string of commas, you could use an ellipsis. That's three dots, one after another, without spaces between them but with a space before them and a space after ... like that!
    Oh! Never heard that. That's probably the British style. In the American style (quoting thepunctuationguide.com), "[e]ach period should have a single space on either side, except when adjacent to a quotation mark, in which case there should be no space."

    That's how I do it.

    I assume Keannu is studying British English, so British style is the way to go.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-May-2016 at 17:45. Reason: Removed formatting to standardise font
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