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    Sentence check

    Dear teachers.

    Here are some sentences from my notebook. I wrote them down many years ago. They are mainly from my old dictionaries. Some of them do make sense and good and some are not. I want to keep the good ones. Please feel free to take a look at them. You might simply put a cross next to the wrong ones but it would be better if it/they can be corrected.

    1) He borrowed a mechanical book from me.
    2) The two ends of the pipeline are connected with the radiator.
    3) The car has a fan-cooled radiator.
    4) A centipede snaked swiftly away.
    5) A train snaked into sight.
    6) We must make use of our untapped reservoirs of talent.
    7) The lightning made a zigzag in the sky.
    8) The road zigzagged up the hill.
    (I think "zigzag" is common as a verb but not as a noun.)
    9) He played the cornet in the school band.
    10) It was thought that the fire alarm had been set off as a prank.
    11) The tongue is a vocal organ.
    12) Today the young are much more vocal.
    13) She could be wayward, petulant, and disagreeable.
    14) He meditated for two days before giving his answer.
    ("meditate" is weird here to me.)
    15) They picketed the restaurant.
    16) The price of sugar has suddenly skyrocketed up.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Apr-2020 at 21:09. Reason: Removed all but the first two sentences - too many for one post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Dear teachers. Hello.

    Here are some sentences from my notebook. I wrote them down many years ago. They are mainly from my old dictionaries. Some of them do make sense and are good, and some don't and are not. I want to keep the good ones. Please feel free to take a look at them. You might simply put a cross next to the wrong ones but it would be better if it/they can be corrected.

    1) He borrowed a mechanical book from me.
    What on earth is a "mechanical book"?
    2) The two ends of the pipeline are connected with to the radiator.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sentence check

    How many sentences can I ask per time or how many word counts do I have per time?

    Maybe it's still a good idea to ask in "Ask a teacher"?

    Thank you so much, ems, I wrote down all your suggestions in my new notebooks.

    Edited:

    What on earth is a "mechanical book"?
    I don't know but according to its Chinese meaning, it means "a book about mechanics". I already deleted the sentence.

    I wonder if today we could move on to sentence 3 and 4. Or I have to start a new thread with two sentences each.
    Last edited by Silverobama; 01-May-2020 at 02:51. Reason: added something

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    ask each time, not ask per time.
    A mechanical book conjures up images of a book operated by machine.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Sentence check

    Please start a new thread for sentences 3 and 4 (but number them 1 and 2 in the new thread). I recommend you stick to two sentences per thread, otherwise the responses can get very muddled. Put them in "Ask A Teacher".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Two things, Silver. One, how can both ends of a pipe be attached to the radiator? Two, do you translate everything into Chinese?
    Not a professional teacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Two things, Silver. One, how can both ends of a pipe be attached to the radiator? Two, do you translate everything into Chinese?
    No, that's not my translation but someone else's.

    As for the radiator thing, I think it makes sense.
    Last edited by Silverobama; 02-May-2020 at 10:13. Reason: Deleted the sentence which caused misunderstanding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I've seen many impossible things in Western countries possible in China.
    Yeah, right! You're bluffing.
    Prove me wrong by posting a reliable source that supports your statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain View Post
    Yeah, right! You're bluffing.
    Prove me wrong by posting a reliable source that supports your statement.
    I'm here for learning a language not for proving your wrong or something. I don't want to explain a bit about this. Why not come to China and see for yourself? If you only read things online and think everything is impossible, what can I say to further prove I'm right? I don't want to waste time arguing here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I'm here for learning a language not for proving your wrong or something. I don't want to explain a bit about this. Why not come to China and see for yourself? If you only read things online and think everything is impossible, what can I say to further prove I'm right? I don't want to waste time arguing here.
    Firts, I don't need to travel to China to confirm that your claim makes no sense whatsoever. Second, when did I say I think everything is impossible?
    Let me put it simply for you, since you misconstrued my words. Your sentence about the radiator describes a technical fallacy that is not applicable to any mechanical configuration anywhere on earth, yet you asseverated that in China it is true.
    I requested that you provide a reliable source that supports your statement, and you replied with a flippant comment that not only had nothing to do with the sentence in question, but confirmed my point that your sentence was wrong.

    PS: You may want to check your post. It has a few grammatical mistakes.

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