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    #1

    if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Which is idiomatic in English? I have had three options:


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    As I rode my bicycle to the end of the street, I found there was a barricade barred it. The barricade is barely 1.2 meters high with a sign that reads: This road is closed for preventing the spread of the novel virus. Any one who dares to climb over it will be detained by police if observed.

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    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    observed

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    #3

    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    "There was a barricade barred it" doesn't sound right to me.

    Why the change of tense from the first to the second sentence?

    I think "if observed" is redundant.
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    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Which is idiomatic in English? I have had three options:

    if observed/if witnessed/if found

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    As I rode my bicycle to I was riding my bike and when I reached the end of the street, I found [there was] a barricade. barred it The barricade is barely 1.2 meters high with a sign that reads: This road is closed for preventing to prevent the spread of the novel virus coronavirus. Anyone who dares to seen/caught climbing over it will be detained by police. if observed.

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    See above for my corrections and suggestions.

    I know that a previous thread contained information about it being called "the novel virus" but that is not what it's called in everyday English. All news reports etc call it "Coronavirus". If you want people to understand the sign on the barricade, you need to use the same term.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Feb-2020 at 21:12.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    All news reports etc call it "Coronavirus". If you want people to understand the sign on the barricade, you need to use the same term.
    More and more news outlets have adopted "CORVID-19" since the WHO decided to make that the official name for the virus.
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    #6

    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Also, since coronavirus is not technically the name of the virus, it doesn't need to be capitalised. It's just a common noun for a kind of virus.

    Common usage, though, has complicated things because people are using it as a name.

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    #7

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    I listen to the radio a lot, and all I ever hear is coronavirus.
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    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    More and more news outlets have adopted "CORVID-19" since the WHO decided to make that the official name for the virus.
    The BBC hasn't. Here's today's BBC update on the global situation. As you can see, there is no mention of "Corvid-19" or "the novel virus". The word "coronavirus" is used over and over again.
    I agree with jutfrank that it doesn't need to be capitalised. I've changed my correction in post #4 so that it's not capitalised.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The BBC hasn't. Here's today's BBC update on the global situation. As you can see, there is no mention of "Corvid-19" or "the novel virus". The word "coronavirus" is used over and over again.
    Good point. The NY Times has also stuck with "coronavirus".
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    #10

    Re: if observed/if witnessed/if found

    Another point to make about this: these news agencies are not actually calling it 'coronavirus' by name. They're referring to as the coronavirus. In headlines, the article is omitted, which I suspect may be encouraging people to think of 'Coronavirus' as the name.

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