Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1

    expressed

    Scientists studied Matacil's effects on insect mortality in a wide variety of wild insect species and on plant fecundity, expressed as the percentage of the total flowers on an individual plant that actually developed fruit and bore seeds.

    what was expressed? fecundity?
    thanks

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2005
    • Posts: 2,045
    #2

    Re: expressed

    Yes, the fertility of the plants is judged by the percentage of flowers that are productive. Increased fertility (fecundity) is expressed (shows itself) by a higher percentage of productive flowers.

  2. #3

    Re: expressed

    will it be better to put a "which is" before "expressed"? or it will become wordy?

    thanks

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2005
    • Posts: 2,045
    #4

    Re: expressed

    "Which is" would be used to introduce a non-restrictive relative clause. Your sentence does not include one of those clauses.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #5

    Re: expressed

    Quote Originally Posted by mengta View Post
    Scientists studied Matacil's effects on insect mortality in a wide variety of wild insect species and on plant fecundity, expressed as the percentage of the total flowers on an individual plant that actually developed fruit and bore seeds.

    what was expressed? fecundity?
    thanks
    You could add "which is" before expressed. The ending clause could be non-restrictive. It simply adds additional information.

Similar Threads

  1. Volition and shirts
    By M56 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 18-Sep-2005, 22:48
  2. Have I expressed it clearly?
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Sep-2004, 13:01
  3. Is this sentence correctly expressed? Thanks again, everyone
    By Helped Wanted in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Nov-2003, 17:12
  4. english grammar
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2003, 15:27

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •