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    The construction of a motorway

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    The construction of a motorway in the countryside has met resistance from environmentalists, landowners and villagers. They argue that the damages to natural life and environment will be irreparable.

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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    'Damage' is uncountable according to https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...age_1?q=damage
    I would use 'has met with' according to https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...lish/meet-with
    I would use 'the environment' according to https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionari...?q=environment
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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    I agree with 'the damage' and 'the environment', but 'has met (with or without 'with') is fine in BE.

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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    In my post, I asked someone to correct my mistakes, not to give me links to a dictionary. I do not understand why do you bother to answer my post when you are neither a native speaker nor a teacher of English. I am looking for help from someone who really can help me, and not from someone who only confuses me with his answers.
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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I do not understand why do you bother to answer my post when you are neither a native speaker nor a teacher of English.
    Sorry to bother you again, but I think the second 'do' should be omitted because a noun clause rather than a question should be used there.
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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    I would use damages as a plural for court orders to pay compensation. Here, I would use it uncountably.

    Actually, Matthew is a native speaker- he was not born one, but he is indistinguishable to us, from us and by us. It is a question of technique in his replying here, not knowledge.

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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    ... environmentalists, landowners and villagers.
    In another thread, the OP once asked about the use of a comma before 'and' at the end of a list as above.
    I just found that it's known as the Oxford comma because it was traditionally used by printers, readers, and editors at Oxford University Press according to https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/ex...e-oxford-comma
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    Re: The construction of a motorway

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As Matthews's native language is given as Chinese in his profile, Bassim's belief that he is not a native speaker of English is not unreasonable.
    It's not, but I was putting across a different view. Bassim is another learner who is hitting that limit. Most of the suggestions I make are teensie improvements or alternatives rather than corrections. It is very difficult to achieve this sort of level in a foreign language, so I would offer thumbs-up to both.

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