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    changing the sentences

    Dear Teachers,

    After being familiar with lectures, I compared the classification and colour of different plants and this (/thus) expanded my knowledge of botany.

    Can this be replaced by thus and will the meaning be changed?


    I am trying to study the topics that (is) out of the curriculum.

    Do I need to add (is) into the sentense above?
    Last edited by hwhwhwhw; 08-Jan-2008 at 09:31.


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    Re: changing the sentences

    1. “Thus” signals some logical conclusion to a drawn argument. The sentence doesn’t do that. The structure can look like: Sitting through lectures --- helps know plant classification --- so botany knowledge expands. So “this” is more apt.

    2. I think we need an “are” in the place of “is” - to make the sentence grammatically valid.

    Perhaps a better sentence is: I want to study topics, outside the curriculum


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    Re: changing the sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by hwhwhwhw View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    After being familiar with lectures, I compared the classification and colour of different plants and this (/thus) expanded my knowledge of botany.

    After listening to the lectures, I compared the classification and colour of different plants and thus expanded my knowledge of botany.

    Can this be replaced by thus and will the meaning be changed?

    If you use "this", you are referring back to the action of comparing as a means of expanding knowledge; If you use "thus", you are saying by doing this action you expanded your knowledge.


    I am trying to study the topics that (is) out of the curriculum.

    I am trying to study topics that are not on the curriculum.

    Do I need to add (is) into the sentense above? "Topics" is plural, so you will need "are"; and yes, you need the verb to make sense.
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