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    How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Dear teachers and friends,

    The following passage is from a textbook. I think there are some problems. I tried to make some corrections. I would appreciate it very much if you could tell me whether my ideas right or not.

    How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake
    Many earthquakes happen every year. Some of these earthquakes are very strong. When they happen in cities, they can be very serious. Many people will be hurt or die in the earthquakes. Knowing some ways to protect yourself will help to keep you safe in the earthquake.
    My corrections:
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    When they happen in cities, they can be very serious.When they happen in cities, the results can be very serious.
    2. Knowing some ways to protect yourself will help to keep you safe in the earthquake.
    Its necessary for you to learn some tips to protect yourselves in the earthquake.

    If you are indoors when the earthquake happens, the safest place is under a strong table or desk. Sitting on the floor in a doorway or close to a wall is safer than standing in the middle of a room. Remember to protect your head and neck with your arms. Stay away from windows, tall furniture and pictures or anything that may fall on you. Do not try to run out of the building.
    My correction:
    1. ...the safest place is under a strong table or desk. ... the safest place is the room under a strong table or desk.

    If you are out of doors, move to clear areas. Get away from buildings and trees. Be careful of fallen power lines.
    My correction:
    1. ...clear areas
    open areas

    The danger is not over when the strong shaking stops. There will be some shocks after most earthquakes. We call them aftershocks and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the first earthquake.
    My corrections:
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    There will be some shocks after most earthquakes. There will be some minor shocks after most main earthquakes.
    2.
    We call them aftershocks and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the first earthquake. We call them aftershocks and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the main earthquakes.

    When it is safe for you to move around, check the people near you. Some may need help. You may feel afraid, but you should try to stay calm. That is the most important thing to do in the earthquake.

    My question:

    1. ...check the people near you. I wonder if
    check can be used this way.
    This passage is from a textbook called Project English, by Jim Greenlaw and Wand Dechun

    Thanks very much in advance.
    Last edited by touchstone; 10-Feb-2017 at 01:52.

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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post


    How to Protect Yourself in the an Earthquake [or "during an earthquake" or "in the event of an earthquake"]
    Every year, Many several earthquakes occur in China. happen every year. Some of these earthquakes are very strong. When they happen strike in cities, they can be devastating. very serious. Many people will be hurt get injured or die. in the earthquakes. Knowing some ways to protect yourself will help to keep you safe in the event of an earthquake.

    My corrections:

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    When they happen in cities, they can be very serious.When they happen in cities, the results can be very serious. [That's okay.]
    2. Knowing some ways to protect yourself will help to keep you safe in the earthquake.
    It’s necessary for you to learn some tips to protect yourselves in the earthquake. [No, that doesn't work.]

    If you are indoors when the earthquake occurs/strikes, happens, the safest place is under a strong table or desk. Sitting on the floor in a doorway or close to a wall is safer than standing in the middle of a room. Remember to protect your head and neck with your arms. Stay away from windows, tall furniture and pictures or anything that may fall on you. Do not try to run out of the building.
    My correction:
    1. ...the safest place is under a strong table or desk. ... the safest place is the room under a strong table or desk. [No, that's definitely wrong. It implies that there is a room under a table/desk, which doesn't make sense.]

    If you are out of doors, move to clear areas. Get Stay/keep away from buildings and trees. Be careful of fallen power lines.
    My correction:
    1. ...clear areas
    open areas [Either one is okay.]

    The danger is not over when the strong shaking stops. There will be some shocks after most earthquakes. We call them aftershocks, and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the first earthquake.
    My corrections:
    1.
    There will be some shocks after most earthquakes. There will be some minor shocks after most main earthquakes. [Either one is okay.]
    2.
    We call them aftershocks and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the first earthquake. We call them aftershocks and they sometimes can be more dangerous than the main earthquake. [Either one is okay.]

    When it is safe for you to move around, check the people near you are okay. Some may need help. You may feel afraid, but you should try to stay calm. That is the most important thing to do in the event of an earthquake.

    My question:

    1. ...check the people near you. I wonder if
    ‘check’ can be used this way. [See above]
    This passage is from a textbook called Project English, by Jim Greenlaw and Wand Dechun

    Thanks very much in advance.
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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Dear Teechar,
    When I saw your reply, I was so glad that I can
    t express that in words. Thank you so much for your comprehensive corrections and explanations, which help me learn a lot. But I have one more question. I wonder whether check the people near you are okay should be check if the people near you are okay.
    Thanks again.

    Touchstone

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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Yes, it should.
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    #5

    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    It’s necessary for you to learn some tips to protect yourselves in the earthquake.
    You need to learn some tricks to protecting yourself in an earthquake.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    the room under a strong table or desk.
    If you are thinking about 空间in your native language, I think 'space' should be used instead of 'room'.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 13-Feb-2017 at 17:00.
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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    You need to learn some tricks to protect ing yourself in an earthquake.
    Even with the above correction, the sentence is unnatural. I wouldn't use "tricks" with such calamitous events as an earthquake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If you are thinking about “空间” in your native language, I think 'space' should be used instead of 'room'.
    The OP may well be thinking of "space", but that phrasing still wouldn't be great.

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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d..._1#trick_1__12
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../english/trick

    I had found 'a/the trick to + –ing form' above, so I wrote 'protecting' in post #5.
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    #8

    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Hi everyone,
    We can say: the best city to live in is London. We don't say: the best city to live in is in London.
    I wonder if the statements above are true.
    If so, the following sentence makes me feel confused:
    ... the safest place is under a strong table or desk.
    I wonder why it's not necessary to put 'the space' or another suitable noun before 'under'.
    Would you please say a few more words about that?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    Hi everyone,
    We can say: the best city to live in is London. We don't say: the best city to live in is in London.
    I wonder if the statements above are true.
    I don't know about London being the best city to live in, but the grammar in the above is correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    If so, the following sentence makes me feel confused:
    ... the safest place is under a strong table or desk.
    I wonder why it's not necessary to put 'the space' or another suitable noun before 'under'.
    Would you please say a few more words about that?
    Thanks a lot.
    But isn't "place" enough?

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    Re: How to Protect Yourself in the Earthquake

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    ... the safest place is under a strong table or desk.
    I wonder why it's not necessary to put 'the space' or another suitable noun before 'under'.
    1. The box is under my desk.
    2. The cat is under the table.
    3. The room is under the stairs.

    Would you add something before 'under'?

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    We don't say: the best city to live in is in London.
    I think we can say 'The best residence to live in is in London.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 15-Feb-2017 at 13:47.
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