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    #1

    Question "given text"... correct?

    Hello everyone,

    I have recently gotten an English exam returned by my new teacher and we were told that it isn't idiomatic to start a paragraph with "The given text/excerpt/passage deals with..." because that would be a Germanism and we should write "The text/excerpt/passage at hand..." instead.
    I honestly don't quite trust her on this since I have written this in many exams before and have never gotten it corrected. My boyfriend (who is a native speaker) also said that it would be correct to write that.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: "given text"... correct?

    Welcome to the forum, learner 457.

    Your version sounds more natural to me than your teacher's does.

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    #3

    Re: "given text"... correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by learner457 View Post
    "The given text/excerpt/passage deals with..."
    "The text/excerpt/passage at hand..."
    Neither of those sounds very natural to me.

    Is this the first sentence of an essay?

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    #4

    Re: "given text"... correct?

    Of the two, I prefer the first.

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    #5

    Re: "given text"... correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Neither of those sounds very natural to me.

    Is this the first sentence of an essay?
    Thank you for your response, Piscean.

    What would you consider a more natural way to express that?
    It would be the first sentence of an essay.

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    Re: "given text"... correct?

    Presumably there was only one text. If that's the case, just open with "The text/excerpt/passage deals with ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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