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    relax oneself?

    1.It has been contended that televisions and computers provide a chance for children to have a rest and ralex themselves.

    2.It has been contended that televisions and computers provide a chance for children to have a rest and relaxation themselves.

    Which is more OK?

    thanks in advance
    Chengwei Liu

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    #2

    Re: relax oneself?

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    Neither is very good. Children do not have enough self-awareness or self-control to consciously relax themselves, as a meditator would do. I suggest:

    It has been contended that television and the computer provide a chance for children to rest and relax.
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    Re: relax oneself?

    thanks a lot for the quick reply
    why "telesvision and the computer" ? is it because my expression is incorrect or just not that ok? would you give some more comments..


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    Re: relax oneself?

    besides, is the expression "someone relaxes himself" ok?
    i mean, for the followings, which is most consistent with english way
    1. someone relaxes himself
    2. someone relaxes by himself
    3. someone relaxes

    still, i assume that this is a grammar issue maybe, about whether it is ok to use relax as a vi. or vt. ..

    Chengwei Liu

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    #5

    Re: relax oneself?

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    why "television and the computer" ? Is it because my expression is incorrect or just not that ok?
    Just not that OK; you are speaking of the modes of communication, not the individual appliances, so use a generalized form of the noun.


    1. someone relaxes himself -- someone actively/consciously massages/stretches/ etc himself, or does yoga, breathing exercises, etc.

    2. someone relaxes by himself -- he has no companions while watching TV, etc (see #3)

    3. someone relaxes -- he watches TV, plays golf, works crossword puzzles, lies in his hammock, etc.
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    #6

    Re: relax oneself?

    thanks a lot to Mister


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    Re: relax oneself?

    again i receive an impact by english, hehe

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