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    #1

    social distancing is an anomaly

    Hello,

    Have I used "anomaly" and "intertwined" correctly in this sentence?

    Lives are so closely intertwined in New York City and people are so interconnected that social distancing is a complete anomaly for people here.

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    #2

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    How about "oxymoron"? It's an anomaly and an oxymoron for most people everywhere.
    How are lives more intertwined in New York? Do you mean there's a large population density?

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    #3

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How about "oxymoron"? It's an anomaly and an oxymoron for most people everywhere.
    How are lives more intertwined in New York? Do you mean there's a large population density?
    Does anomaly work? Oxymoron is a good suggestion too.

    New York is one of the most densely populated and most active cities in the world. Also, people tend to be very sociable and they go to cafes and restaurants a lot.

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    #4

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    "Anomaly" doesn't really fit.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    No, anomaly is not the right word.

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    #6

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    How about "an incongruity"?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #7

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    How about "an incongruity"?
    That's not as bad but I don't think it's a great choice, either.

    It's not completely clear to me what alpacino means to say, however, so it's hard to give a better suggestion. Is the idea that this is something difficult for people to do?
    Last edited by jutfrank; 09-Apr-2020 at 16:59. Reason: missing word

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    #8

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    That's not as bad I don't think it's a great choice, either.

    It's not completely clear to me what alpacino means to say, however, so it's hard to give a better suggestion. Is the idea that this is something difficult for people to do?
    I mean to say that it is peculiar and strange for people and it is contrary to what they are used to.

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    #9

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    It certainly is.
    Not a professional teacher

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    #10

    Re: social distancing is an anomaly

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    No, anomaly is not the right word.
    Are you okay with "intertwined" ?

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