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    An awkward sentence

    Hello,
    task:
    Rate your opinion foer each statement,

    One of them is :
    Earthquakes often cause more death and destructions than is necessary.

    My question is :
    Doesn't the sentence sounds awkward ?
    Earthquake isn't something we can prevent,
    cheers,

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Yes, it does sound awkward. What you mean by "necessary"? Are destructions necessary?
    Maybe, acceptable? bearable?

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Earthquakes often cause more death and destructions than (it) is necessary.

    Death and destructions are inevitable, but in no way necessary. The sentence is way awkward.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Earthquakes often cause more death and destructions than is necessary.
    Death and destruction which can be prevented are considered unnecessary. Knowing that a area is prone to earthquakes from past records, buildings should be made sturdier to resist damage in the event of an earthquake. A case in point is the recent earthquake in Sichuan China which resulted in horrendous damages and death. Apparently, all the buildings collapsed like stacks of cards due to substandard construction including many school buildings who housed young children. The chance of survival could have been better if the buildings were able to withstand total collapse.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 24-Jul-2008 at 12:32.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Death and destruction which can be prevented are considered unnecessary. Knowing that a area is prone to earthquakes from past records, buildings should be made sturdier to resist damage in the event of an earthquake. A case in point is the recent earthquake in Sichuan China which resulted in horrendous damages and death. Apparently, all the buildings collapsed like packs of cards due to substandard construction including many school buildings who housed young children. The chance of survival could have been better if the buildings were able to withstand total collapse.
    But the construction of this sentence makes it look a bit different, hence odd.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Hello,


    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    But the construction of this sentence makes it look a bit different, hence odd.
    That's what I mean. I came accross the sentence in my homework and find it realy difficult to discouss becouse of its construction.
    Can you came up with any idea how to rephrase the sentence to the meaning given by tedtmc ?

    What do you think about :

    Most of death(s ?) and destructin caused by erthquakes are often unnecessary. or
    Most of death(s ?) and destruction caused by erthquakes are avoidable.

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Jaskin; 24-Jul-2008 at 14:58.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    task:
    Rate your opinion foer each statement,

    One of them is :
    Earthquakes often cause more death and destructions than is necessary.

    My question is :
    Doesn't the sentence sounds awkward ?
    Earthquake isn't something we can prevent,
    cheers,
    This sentence sounds quite correct and ironic and even realistic - only for French so. Indeed, Earthquakes often cause death and destructions but often also those could be altered by some building systems.

    Therefore, that is a sort of sentence which occults the main sense - due to this is a criticism of the awful building at the moment. However, if you struggle a bit, this sentence attempts to mean that with appropriate buildings, there would be just the necessary/a little part (of what is usually destroyed) that would be destructed.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    If we wrote a continuation to the sentence, then it would sound a lot better, in my opinion:
    e.g. Earthquakes often cause more death and destructions than it is necessary - additional safety improvements must be made.

    I'd like to note that this sentence may stand alone. But it's the first impression when we read it what makes the sentence sound odd. To avoid ambiguity, I'd recommend rephrasing the sentence.

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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,




    That's what I mean. I came accross the sentence in my homework and find it realy difficult to discouss becouse of its construction.
    Can you came up with any idea how to rephrase the sentence to the meaning given by tedtmc ?

    What do you think about :

    Most of death(s ?) and destructin caused by erthquakes are often unnecessary. or
    Most of death(s ?) and destruction caused by erthquakes are avoidable.

    Cheers,
    Most of deaths and destructions caused by Earthquakes are often due to poor/inappropriate buildings - against that event.


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    Re: An awkward sentence

    Earthquakes often cause more deaths and destructions than it is necessary

    Omited something. This kind of construction is mainly there to show out a very part of the sentence. In that case, than it is necessary does imply that there are already many death and destructions normally do by Earthquakes. Hope it clearer

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