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    The Waverly Labs Pilot

    It seems that the Pilot captured the imagination of many who had seen similar technology in science fiction, like a Forbes writer expressed it in the following quote. "The Waverly Labs Pilot is as close as I've seen to the Universal Translator I was promised by Star Trek when I was a kid."

    Hi,
    The above is from an article named "The Waverly Labs Pilot" in an English magazine for high school kids here.
    I find the quote part sounds weird, and I tend to omit the underlined part to make it sound right. Am I right or wrong? Thanks,

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    Re: The Waverly Labs Pilot

    You are wrong to omit it.
    You could say "[It] is as close as ANYTHING I have seen to..."
    You could say "It's closer than anything I've ever seen to..."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The Waverly Labs Pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You are wrong to omit it.
    You could say "[It] is as close as ANYTHING I have seen to..."
    You could say "It's closer than anything I've ever seen to..."
    Hi,
    Does anything in your versions stand for any translator? If yes, then it's easier for me to understand the whole sentence.


    You could say "It's closer than any translator I've ever seen to..."

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    Re: The Waverly Labs Pilot

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Hi,
    Does "anything" in your versions stand for "any translator"? If yes, then it's easier for me to understand the whole sentence.
    Yes, it does.

    Do you see how surrounding text that you're writing about in quotes makes it easier to read a sentence?
    I am not a teacher.

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