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    Paraphrase

    :an apparatus (as in a telephone exchange) consisting of a panel on which "are" mounted electric switches so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected, combined, and controlled

    -From:https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchboard

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    1.Could you paraphrase that phrase on which ...... combined, and controlled?

    2.The word `so` has many meanings. So it is hard to know what so means in that case. What's the meaning of so in that case?
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    Re: Paraphrase

    So arranged means "arranged in such a manner that...." Dictionaries use a super-concise style which can be hard to decipher. Without rewriting the whole definition, can I offer this? A panel with switches mounted on it. The switches are arranged so that different circuits can be connected. ​I left out some of the detail to try to clarify the basic meaning.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    :an apparatus (as in a telephone exchange) consisting of a panel on which "are" mounted electric switches so arranged that a number of circuits may be connected, combined, and controlled
    -From:https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchboard
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    1.Could you paraphrase that phrase on which ...... combined, and controlled?
    2.The word `so` has many meanings. So it is hard to know what so means in that case. What's the meaning of so in that case?
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    So arranged
    means "arranged in such a manner that...." Dictionaries use a super-concise style which can be hard to decipher. Without rewriting the whole definition, can I offer this? A panel with switches mounted on it. The switches are arranged so that different circuits can be connected. ​I left out some of the detail to try to clarify the basic meaning.
    Thank you very much. But does "are" mean "to exist" in that case?
    Last edited by GoldfishLord; 28-Sep-2017 at 17:13.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Yes. It means "to be located".

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Rearranging, we get:
    ... electric switches are mounted on a panel ...

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