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    Smile Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    This machine purifies water supplied to the building.
    I am confused whether this means the water is purified before or after being supplied to the building.

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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    I think both are possible.
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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    May I ask where you found the sentence, rama9?

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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    I created this sentence to make clear my understanding.
    If this sentence has two meanings, I would like to know how to modify this sentence such that the meanings can be distinguished.

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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    This machine will purify the water before/after it is supplied to the building.
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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    In fact, I would like to know the usage of "water supplied".

    Is it possible to use the phrase "water to be supplied" to describe that the water is purified before being supplied to the building, and to use the phrase "water having been supplied" to describe that the water is purified after being supplied to the building ?

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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    I thought of 'water already supplied'.
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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    I think the supply of water is not an issue as water flows continuously through pipes connected to a building, unless it is cut off/turned off.
    Water undergoes purification/filtration as it enters a building. If it is before the building, it is done at the source, which is a water treatment plant.
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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    This machine will purify the water before/after it is supplied to the building.
    "It" could mean the machine to purify the water.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Is the water purified before or after being supplied to the building?

    Water doesn't have to purified as it enters a building. There are small devices available in the UK that users connect to the pipes directly under their own sinks/baths. The water enters the building in whatever condition the water supply company chooses but the small device then makes changes to the quality of the water no more than a couple of feet or so from the taps.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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