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    The right course of action?

    Hello Everyone,


    I don't think the underlined is original English. Can I have your opinions here?


    Increasing exports to China ,instead of restricting imports from China, is the right course of action to solve trade imbalances.


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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,


    I don't think the underlined is original English. Can I have your opinions here?


    Increasing exports to China ,instead of restricting imports from China, is the right course of action to solve trade imbalances.


    Regards

    Sky
    "the right course of action" is a common and correct phrase in English.
    The first half of the sentence, with the misplaced comma, may not be original English.

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "the right course of action" is a common and correct phrase in English.
    The first half of the sentence, with the misplaced comma, may not be original English.
    Then what do you think is the original one?

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Then what do you think is the original one?
    I'm not sure what you're asking. I would guess that the sentence was written by a non-native speaker.

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm not sure what you're asking. I would guess that the sentence was written by a non-native speaker.
    Yes , it is taken from our interpreting textbook. Could you replace the part with original one?
    Last edited by sky753; 11-Oct-2008 at 09:29.

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Yes , it is taken from our interpreting textbook. Could you replace the part with original one?
    By "original one", do you mean a similar sentence written by a native speaker?
    This is how I would write it.
    Increasing
    exports to China, rather than restricting imports from China, is the right course of action to solve trade imbalances.

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    By "original one", do you mean a similar sentence written by a native speaker?
    This is how I would write it.
    Increasing exports to China, rather than restricting imports from China, is the right course of action to solve trade imbalances.
    Many thanks!
    Yes, you are right!

    We Chinese are taught that "rather than" and "instead of " are synonymous! Why do you prefer "rather than" here ? Just based on your feeling?

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Many thanks!
    Yes, you are right!

    We Chinese are taught that "rather than" and "instead of " are synonymous! Why do you prefer "rather than" here ? Just based on your feeling?
    "rather than" and "instead of" are not synonymous.
    "instead of" means "in place of".
    "rather than" carries the meaning of a preference rather than just an alternative.

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    Re: The right course of action?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "rather than" and "instead of" are not synonymous.
    "instead of" means "in place of".
    "rather than" carries the meaning of a preference rather than just an alternative.

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