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    A Few Questions

    Hi teachers, here are some questions:

    1.The United States joins in welcoming to the United Nations the representatives of India.

    The sentence order seems weird to me. Is it common usage? Can I rearrange this sentence by putting "to the United Nation" after "joins"? (P.S I came across a question when writing this sentence, is it correct to say pushing "to the United Nation" toward after "joins"?)

    2. In terms of population, China is the largest country.

    Can I use prepositions like "for" instead of "in terms of"?

    3. We had the luxury of opinions during the meeting.

    The sentence is figurative. The author uses "luxury of opinions" to means "freely express opinions", Do you think "luxury" appropriate?

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    Exclamation re: A Few Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    Hi teachers, here are some questions:

    1.The United States joins in welcoming the representatives of India.to the United Nations
    The sentence order seems weird to me. Is it common usage? Can I rearrange this sentence by putting "to the United Nation" after "joins"? (P.S I came across a question when writing this sentence, is it correct to say pushing "to the United Nation" toward after "joins"?)

    2. In terms of population, China is the largest country. In terms of population is the appropriate phrase.

    Can I use prepositions like "for" instead of "in terms of"?

    3. We had the luxury of opinions during the meeting. It sounds fine.

    The sentence is figurative. The author uses "luxury of opinions" to means "freely express opinions", Do you think "luxury" appropriate?
    All are ok.

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    Re: A Few Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post


    1.The United States joins in welcoming to the United Nations the representatives of India.

    The sentence order seems weird to me. Is it common usage? Can I rearrange this sentence by putting "to the United Nation" after "joins"? (P.S I came across a question when writing this sentence, is it correct to say pushing "to the United Nation" toward after "joins"?)
    The word order is perfectly fine. (You could say "joins in welcoming India to the United Nations..." as Manas indicated.)
    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    2. In terms of population, China is the largest country.

    Can I use prepositions like "for" instead of "in terms of"?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by redgiant View Post
    3. We had the luxury of opinions during the meeting.

    The sentence is figurative. The author uses "luxury of opinions" to means "freely express opinions", Do you think "luxury" appropriate?
    It seems an odd expression to me. I would not consider the opportunity to express my opinion during a meeting a luxury.


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