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    #11

    Re: in service of

    I've restored post #2. I haven't time to study it so I can't say how helpful it is.

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    #12

    Re: in service of

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I would omit the first comma.
    But that would change the meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I would replace ... to with ...
    I'm sure Ted knows this, but for our learners:

    replace X with Y
    change X to Y.

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    #13

    Re: in service of

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    Unlike other students, whose discussion was in service of perfunctorily completing their schoolwork, the members of Wuyis group clearly enjoyed their lively debate.



    Is "in service of" correctly used here?
    I think so. It means the same thing as for the purpose of.
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    #14

    Re: in service of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I think so. It means the same thing as for the purpose of.
    Is that common and natural?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #15

    Re: in service of

    The phrase in service of is common enough. I don't know that a native speaker would say that there, so I don't know if I can say it's natural, but it's easily understood in that context.
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    #16

    Re: in service of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The phrase in service of is common enough. I don't know that a native speaker would say that there, so I don't know if I can say it's natural, but it's easily understood in that context.
    It didn't sound natural or common to me.
    I think it sounds better and more natural with "serves to" as I suggested in my earlier post.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #17

    Re: in service of

    They seem to be very advanced students. (Maybe more advanced than their teacher.)
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