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    when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    I want to suggest that a person's lungs are under pressure because of pollution or other factors.

    Are these good?

    1. The air was polluted more days than it was clean. The city's inhabitants escaped to the countryside to soothe their poisoned lungs.

    2. The guerillas had used tear gas. John and Nicole escaped back to their hotel room, coughing viciously and drinking water to calm their poisoned lungs.

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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I want to suggest that a person's lungs are suffering because of pollution or other factors.

    Are these good?

    1. The air was polluted more days than it was clean. The city's inhabitants escaped to the countryside to soothe their poisoned lungs.

    That tells us everyone deserted the city. If only some of them left town, say something like

    - City inhabitants
    - Many of the city's inhabitants
    - A lot of city inhabitants


    2. The guerillas had used tear gas. John and Nicole escaped back to their hotel room, coughing viciously and drinking water to calm their poisoned lungs.
    They're good.
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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Vicious coughing doesn't sound very calming. I'd say they were doing it to clear their lungs.
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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Vicious coughing doesn't sound very calming. I'd say they were doing it to clear their lungs.
    Okay. What about this?

    2. The guerillas had used tear gas. John and Nicole escaped back to their hotel room, drinking water to calm their poisoned lungs.

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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    If you want to say that they were i) coughing viciously, and ii) drinking water to calm their poisoned lungs, then I'd put a comma after "viciously". I think emsr2d2 is assuming that they are doing both to calm their lungs.

    Drinking water generally won't calm your lungs. It might help to soothe your throat, but shouldn't go into your trachea. Inhaling an aerosol of water might help.
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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you want to say that they were i) coughing viciously, and ii) drinking water to calm their poisoned lungs, then I'd put a comma after "viciously". I think emsr2d2 is assuming that they are doing both to calm their lungs.

    Drinking water generally won't calm your lungs. It might help to soothe your throat, but shouldn't go into your trachea. Inhaling an aerosol of water might help.

    Good point. So is this correct?

    The guerillas had used tear gas. John and Nicole escaped back to their hotel room, coughing viciously, and inhaling water to calm their poisoned lungs.

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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    No, "inhaling water" is wrong.

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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Inhaling aerosol/vapour/steam.
    I would say "to relieve their lungs".
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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Inhaling aerosol/vapour/steam.
    I would say "to relieve their lungs".
    That's better than drinking water. Drinking water will keep you hydrated. That's good. But it won't do much for your lungs. (Not directly.)
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    Re: when lungs are under pressure because of pollution

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, "inhaling water" is wrong.
    And this?

    The guerillas had used tear gas. John and Nicole coughed viciously as they escaped back to their hotel room, breathing deeply to calm their poisoned lungs.

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