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    Question understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .



    Hi, I and my colleague (second language speakers) got in an argument in understanding the sentences "The aim of this study" and "remains unknown" in the context of the below
    scientific report,
    The questions are:
    1- Does the sentence “remains unknown” in an Abstract/Objectives section indicate that the “unknown” to be continued till the end of this study?!;
    2- at what it's referring to (remains unknown)?
    3- does "The aim of this study" to reveal this “unknown” matter?





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    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7361712/



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    Re: understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul-Illah View Post


    Hi. I and My colleague and I (second language speakers) got in an argument in understanding the phrases "The aim of this study" and "remains unknown" in the context of the below scientific report.

    The questions are:

    1- Does the phrase “remains unknown” in an Abstract/Objectives section indicate that the “unknown” is to be continued till the end of this study?!;

    Remains unknown means:

    - is not known.

    - has not been answered yet.

    - is unsolved so far.

    - is a mystery.

    - is still an open question.


    2- What is "remains unknown" referring to (remains unknown)?

    It refers to the evolution of the impairment. Its evolution remains unknown . No one knows how the impairment evolved.


    3- Is "The aim of this study" to reveal this “unknown” matter?

    Yes.

    I appreciate your help.
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    A sentence always begins with a capital letter, ends with a period, question mark, or exclamation point, and includes a subject and verb.

    A phrase does not.
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    Re: understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .

    Thank you Charlie for the valuable input and corrections :)

    Regarding points number 2 & 3:
    Can we consider the “unknown” is referring to the spontaneous evolution and the strong association of olfactory/gustatory impairment with Covid-19. (Biologically),

    and the "The aim of this study" is about the evaluation of this impairment within Covid-19 patients (field study and survey) which is the study is all about?

    What do you think?


    If the phrase “remains unknown” means to be continued unknown, do we understand from it that the study has not made it known?

    Thank you

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    Re: understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .

    I think you need to reread post #2. You clearly do not understand that your questions have already been answered. Please pay attention to Charlie's advice.
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    Re: understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .

    My point is that the phrase "remains unknown" could be referred to either -as per my understanding- :


    - To the spontaneous evolution and the strong association of olfactory/gustatory impairment with Covid-19. (Biologically), or,

    - To the evaluation of this impairment within Covid-19 patients (field study and survey)



    Thank you

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    Re: understanding the term "remains unknown" in this context . .

    A high frequency and a strong association of olfactory/gustatory impairment with COVID-19 were reported. Its spontaneous evolution remains unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the spontaneous evolution of olfactory disorders in COVID-19 patients.
    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul-Illah View Post
    My point is that the phrase "remains unknown" could be referred to either -as per my understanding-:

    - To the spontaneous evolution and the strong association of olfactory/gustatory impairment with Covid-19. (Biologically), or (no comma)

    - To the evaluation of this impairment within Covid-19 patients (field study and survey)
    Both wrong, I'm afraid. Logic, proximity, and the singular noun phrase tell me it's "olfactory/gustatory impairment with COVID-19".

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    Last edited by GoesStation; 20-Jan-2021 at 17:04. Reason: Add a missing word.
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