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  1. matilda
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    another grammar question (elasticity)

    Hello all

    How are you doing?
    I have another odd question.

    What part of the follwing sentence troublesome?

    Elasticity refers to an (object's) ability to return to (it's) (originakl) shape after being deformed by (external) pressure.

    I really did NOT see anything wrong with the sentence.
    I'd appreciate it if you could help me.

    Thanks a million,
    Regards,
    Mathilde

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    Re: elasticity

    Say:
    its original shape

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    re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all

    How are you doing?
    I have another odd question.

    What part of the follwing sentence troublesome?

    Elasticity refers to an (object's) ability to return to (it's) (originakl) shape after being deformed by (external) pressure.

    I really did NOT see anything wrong with the sentence.
    I'd appreciate it if you could help me.

    Thanks a million,
    Regards,
    Mathilde
    The sentence looks OK to me, apart from the typos in "(it's) (originakl)".
    The bare sentence is OK.

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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Apparently, it is a question on an exam. Thus the question:
    What part of the following sentence is troublesome?
    (I could be wrong.)


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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Apparently, it is a question on an exam. Thus the question:
    What part of the following sentence is troublesome?
    (I could be wrong.)

    Maybe, but the answer remains the same, so far.
    If it's from an exam, were the parts in parentheses there originally, or has the OP placed them there to explain the context? That would be important to know if we are guess which part the examiner might expect to be troublesome in a correct sentence.

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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Elasticity refers to an (object's) ability to return to (its) (original) shape
    after being deformed by (external) pressure.

    after it has been deformed?


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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Elasticity refers to an (object's) ability to return to (it's) (originakl) shape after being deformed by (external) pressure.


    Matilde - the probable reason for this sentence being marked incorrect is your use of it's when you mean its.


    remember

    it's is only ever used when you have one or more missing letters

    e.g. She's very friendly.
    i is missing ( She is very friendly. )

    It's got dark suddenly.
    ha is missing ( It has got dark suddenly. )

    ( in USA say gotten instead of got, but that's another thing . . .)


    In your writing, you meant to say its ( with no apostrophe because there's no letters missing - in other words it's not a contraction , unlike the 2 contractions in this sentence. )

    When you use its it means something is belonging to it

    e.g. the dog is hurt - its leg is bruised. (
    the leg of the dog )

    The house is new - its paintwork is unblemished.
    The paintwork of the walls of the house )

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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Maybe, but the answer remains the same, so far.
    If it's from an exam, were the parts in parentheses there originally, or has the OP placed them there to explain the context? That would be important to know if we are guess which part the examiner might expect to be troublesome in a correct sentence.
    The OP (Matilda) is unlikely to respond to our posts. Unfortunately, that is her habit.

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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The OP (Matilda) is unlikely to respond to our posts. Unfortunately, that is her habit.

  8. matilda
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    Re: another grammar question (elasticity)

    my dearest friends,
    I'm really sorry for thanking so late and for not looking at the posts.
    I really had lack of time.it was my sister's engagement party and i just checked the website with my cellphone whenever I found a chance.
    It's the first day I could use my computer after a long time.

    Thank you all and sorry for being late in posting a thank you letter

    Regards,
    Mathilde

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