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    taking into consideration

    Hi,everyone. In the letter I wrote to my friend today, I said:

    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese could only earn a monthly salary of less than 100 yuan at that time, I will say that I lived a decent life during my college years.

    But I was not and am not sure of the sentence structure "taking into consideration the fact that...". I should admit I have never come across this structure in my reading. Is it allowed in English? If not, would you please tell me how to improve the whole sentence above? Oh,yeah, right now I think of using "Considering(that)" instead. But still please help me improve the whole sentence and make it sound natural to native speakers.
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    #2

    Re: taking into consideration

    You answered your own question. Both sentences are correct.


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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,everyone. In the letter I wrote to my friend today, I said:

    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese could only earn a monthly salary of less than 100 yuan at that time, I will say that I lived a decent life during my college years.

    But I was not and am not sure of the sentence structure "taking into consideration the fact that...". I should admit I have never come across this structure in my reading. Is it allowed in English? If not, would you please tell me how to improve the whole sentence above? Oh,yeah, right now I think of using "Considering(that)" instead. But still please help me improve the whole sentence and make it sound natural to native speakers.
    Thanks.
    Richard
    Hi Richard,

    "
    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese...."

    It sounds fine to me.

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    Re: taking into consideration

    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese could only earn a monthly salary of less than 100 yuan at that time, I would say that I lived a decent life during my college years.

    I don't think there is any wrong with 'taking into consideration the fact that..' though it could be replaced with just 'considering' as you pointed out or 'taking into account' or 'recognizing the fact that...' or 'taking cognizance of the fact that..'.

    I would prefer 'would' to 'will' in the 2nd part of the sentence.

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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese could only earn a monthly salary of less than 100 yuan at that time, I would say that I lived a decent life during my college years.

    I don't think there is any wrong with 'taking into consideration the fact that..' though it could be replaced with just 'considering' as you pointed out or 'taking into account' or 'recognizing the fact that...' or 'taking cognizance of the fact that..'.

    I would prefer 'would' to 'will' in the 2nd part of the sentence.

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    Thanks.
    But I use "I will say" to indicate that it is a judgement I now make.

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    Re: taking into consideration

    But I use "I will say" to indicate that it is a judgement I now make.
    In that case, why not use the present tense 'I say that...' ?

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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by competence View Post
    Hi Richard,

    "Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese...."

    It sounds fine to me.

    Matthew Balson
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    Thanks, competence. Then how about the rest of my sentence? Is there any room for improvement in the rest of it?
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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    You answered your own question. Both sentences are correct.
    Thanks. Then how about the rest of my sentence? Is there any room for improvement in the rest of it? Does it sound natural to you native speakers of English?
    Thanks.
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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Thanks.
    But I use "I will say" to indicate that it is a judgement I now make.
    The rest of your sentence is perfectly correct but, as tedtmc says, you must say "I would say", not "I will say". You can use would for the present and the future, no problem.

    Note though that in this context you cannot say, "I say that..."

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    Re: taking into consideration

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmyrichard View Post
    Hi,everyone. In the letter I wrote to my friend today, I said:

    Taking into consideration the fact that the average working Chinese could only earn a monthly salary of less than 100 yuan at that time, I will say that I lived a decent life during my college years.

    But I was not and am not sure of the sentence structure "taking into consideration the fact that...". I should admit I have never come across this structure in my reading. Is it allowed in English? If not, would you please tell me how to improve the whole sentence above? Oh,yeah, right now I think of using "Considering(that)" instead. But still please help me improve the whole sentence and make it sound natural to native speakers.
    Thanks.
    Richard
    maybe leave "the fact" out...

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