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    IthoughtIknewenglish is offline Newbie
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    Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Hello!

    Commercially purchased or purchased commercially?

    I have seen both of these used. I suppose it depends on the context...?

    What if my sentence is : "These culture media were commercially purchased".

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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    The sentence doesn't make much sense, but the adverb in it should follow the past participle.
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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Ah, so "purchased commercially" it is then!

    Yet, it somehow doesn't sound right to me.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    I think it's referring to culture (growth) media. It makes sense in that context to me.
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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I think it's referring to culture (growth) media. It makes sense in that context to me.
    Yes. That's exactly what I'm referring to. Thank you Skrej.

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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Quote Originally Posted by IthoughtIknewenglish View Post
    Hello!

    Commercially purchased or purchased commercially?

    I have seen both of these used. I suppose it depends on the context...?

    What if my sentence is : "These culture media were commercially purchased".

    Thank you very much!
    Either way is fine. But the folks above are right. The sentence makes no sense. What are culture media?
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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Culture media contain nutrients like glucose and yeast extract, and are used to cultivate organisms (bacteria, fungi, etc.) in a laboratory. Think microbiology. They can be liquid or gelatinous*. There are different kinds. You can make your own or you can order some already made, especially if you wish to grow microorganisms that have particular nutritional needs.

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    Re: Commerically purchased or purchased commercially

    Quote Originally Posted by IthoughtIknewenglish View Post
    You can make your own.
    Indeed, by merely leaving some coffee on your desk over the holiday break....
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