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    Smile Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Hello dear teachers,
    I will appreciate it very much if you could tell if I had paraphrased the folloing three sentences correctly:

    1. We did not understand what the true situation was until he had explained it to us.
    Not until he had explained it to us did we understand what the true situation was.
    2. A method can only override another method by including an override modifier.
    Only by including an override modifier can a method override another method.
    3. It is only possible for the caller to observe the changes that M makes to this when E is a true variable.
    Only when E is a true variable is it possible for the caller to observe the changes that M makes to this.


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    #2

    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Hi,
    I think you've done a good job, snade17.
    Rgs

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    #3

    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    I think so too, but do we need to repeat 'method' after 'another'? I know it's in the original, but I think it reads better without it.

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    Smile Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Thank you very much. The answer is of great help to me.

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    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Yes, it sounds better (that is, less repetitive) without the second "method" in the sentence, but they seem to all be correct.

    P.S. - "following" is spelled with a 'w', like "hollow" or "bellow".


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    #6

    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    2. A method can only override another method by including an override modifier.
    Excuse me, would someone explan the words in bold for me?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    piousoul, it's a technical phrase you are not likely to encounter unless you are a programmer. I think snade17 is doing C/C++ work (computer languages).

    If you want me to try a non-computing explanation, to modify is to change, and to override is to change forcefully by going up the "chain of command" (like if you tell your co-worker "push the button" and then your boss says "don't push the button" he or she is "overriding" your command and the co-worker will not push the button.)

    So an "override modifier" (proper English would be "overriding modifier", unless maybe it means something that modifies overrides? Confusing...) would be something that has more authority than the previous instruction, and thus changes it, but you won't hear that phrase in non-computing conversation.


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    Re: Are these 3 sentences correct?

    Thanks, blackbyrus, for the clear-cut and flawless parse. I got it!

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