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    The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    Does word in bold mean "closely connected and related'?

    The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies. In some places, a government-approved course of study is mandated, whereas in others, homeshcoolers may be required only to follow general guidelines, or even none at all.
    Last edited by ambitious-girl; 20-Aug-2017 at 06:07. Reason: Fix to "approved"
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    It doesn't seem very natural to me. I take it to mean "governing" or "regulating."

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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    Does the original actually say government-provided?
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    I suspect it's government-approved.

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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    Does the original actually say government-provided?
    No.

    I suspect it's government-approved.
    Yes. You are right .It was typo.

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    It doesn't seem very natural to me. I take it to mean "governing" or "regulating."
    So, I am wondering why the writer chose surrounding.
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    Quote Originally Posted by ambitious-girl View Post
    Does word in bold mean "closely connected and related'?

    The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies. In some places, a government-approved course of study is mandated, whereas in others, homeshcoolers homeschoolers may be required only to follow general guidelines, or even none at all.
    "Surrounding" is not the best word used here, but it is understandable. I think "relating to" would be better.
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    How about:
    The legal environment under which homeschoolers operate varies ?
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    You are just using more words to say the same thing.
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    "Surrounding" is not the best word used here, but it is understandable. I think "relating to" would be better.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    You are just using more words to say the same thing.
    That is to avoid using "surrounding" which you said is not the best word.
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    Re: The legal environment surrounding homeschooling varies.

    How about "The legalities of home schooling vary"?

    I have no issue with "surrounding". It's "legal environment" that sounds unnatural to me. To keep "surrounding", I'd say something like "The laws surrounding home schooling vary [from state to state/area to area/country to country]".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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