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    Question Re: file becomes unreadable

    Hello! Is this sentence as below right grammatically? Many thanks!

    I found the contents of file becomes unreadable codes after opening it today.

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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    The grammatically correct version of this sentence would be:

    I found the contents of the file become unreadable codes after opening the file today.

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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    Quote Originally Posted by Reemy View Post
    The grammatically correct version of this sentence would be:

    I found the contents of the file become unreadable codes after opening the file today.
    Hello Reemy,

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    Quote Originally Posted by Reemy View Post
    The grammatically correct version of this sentence would be:

    I found the contents of the file become unreadable codes after opening the file today.
    I hear you, but what does it mean? Is the file itself unreadable, or is it OK except for containing codes that are unreadable? And the use of 'become' suggests that the <whatever> was/were readable until you opened it. Is that true? If so, how do you know (perhaps someone else tried on a different PC, and it/they was/were readable)?

    My guess is that what TD means is 'When I tried to open the file I found that it was unreadable'/'...I found that it contained unreadable codes'.

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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    Hello BobK,

    Thank you for your reply. I should have offered more info or context about my sentence in Post 1.

    A co-worker of mine forwarded two files in PDF format to me via e-mail last month. I skimmed through them and didn't find any problem then. But when I opened them yesterday in my computer, the contents of one file contain unreadable copes, but the other file is legible. I am not sure whether it is the problem of my computer or not. I requested him to forward the files to me again yesterday.

    So how should I express myself explicitly about this? Thanks!
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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello BobK,

    Thank you for your reply. I should have offered more info or context about my sentence in Post 1.

    A co-worker of mine forwarded two files in PDF format to me via e-mail last month. I skimmed through them and didn't find any problem then. But when I opened them yesterday in my computer, the contents of one file contain unreadable copes, but the other file is legible. I am not sure whether it is the problem of my computer or not. I requested him to forward the files to me again yesterday.

    So how should I express myself explicitly about this? Thanks!
    Sounds as though your mail did the trick. When s/he sends them again you can either print them from within the e-mail application that can read them, or download the latest version of Adobe Reader from here: Adobe - Adobe Reader Download - All versions Your computer itself is unlikely to be the problem (the P in PDF stands for Portable), but it could easily be the software.

    The latest version should be 'backwards-compatible' (meaning it works with files produced for earlier versions). But you could ask your colleague which version of Acrobat s/he used. Or, if s/he didn't produce the files, ask which version of Acrobat Reader they used (to read them successfully).

    To summarize the problem you could say 'My PC can't display one of the files properly. I think I must have the wrong version of Adobe Reader.'

    Good luck.

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    Re: file becomes unreadable

    Hello BobK,

    It is very kind and thoughtful of you to take time to answer my question in detail.

    My colleague has forwarded the file to me again; I've downloaded the latest version of Adobe just now, but the problem still exists.

    I am going to ask him about the version of the Adobe he uses, meanwhile let him check whether the orginal file of his is fine.

    Thank you very much again for your help, and happy weekend!

    PS: My problem was solved, thank you very much for your attention.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 07-Nov-2008 at 23:05. Reason: Add ps

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