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    Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    Coal has been used as a heating device since ancient times.It is a solid fossil fuel
    -Coal, which is a solid fossil fuel, has been used as a heating device since ancient times
    Is this reduction correct?: Coal, a solid fossil fuel, has been used as a heating device since ancient times

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    #2

    Re: reduction of relative clause

    It's fine, but check the punctuation at the end.

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    Re: reduction of relative clause

    I'm not sure you can call coal a device.

    You have a bad habit of failing to end every sentence with a punctuation mark. I hope you insist that your students do so.

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    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    On the single occasion that you did remember to use a full stop in post 1, you failed to put a space after it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    I'd change 'a heating device' to 'fuel'.

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    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    Thank you but can you offer another word for this as 'fuel' is used twice in that way?
    a means of heating could be approppriate?

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    #7

    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalinman View Post
    a means of heating could be approppriate?
    Yes, I believe so.

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    #8

    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    "Coal has been used for heating, etc."

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    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    These are the alternatives I have found with your help.Now can you please tell me which one is the most appropriate?
    -Coal, which is a solid fossil fuel, has been used as a good energy source since ancient times
    -Coal, which is a solid fossil fuel, has been used as a means of heating since ancient times
    -Coal, which is a solid fossil fuel, has been used for heating since ancient times
    -Coal, which is a solid fossil fuel, has been used as a heat source since ancient times
    Last edited by adrenalinman; 15-Apr-2017 at 21:48. Reason: forgetting the alternatives I wanted to state

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    Re: Coal has been used as a heating device ...

    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalinman View Post
    Could "a means of heating" could be appropriate?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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