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    #1

    Is that word neccessary?

    Dear teachers,

    Please help me with this sentence:

    Compared with the TOEFL, the APIEL measures a student's ability to read, write, speak and understand English through testing his or her skills in listening comprehension, speaking with accuracy and resourcefulness, and writing with clarity and fluency

    If I don't use "through" there, is the sentence right and does it has the same meaning with the old one?

    With many thanks to you.

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    #2

    Re: Is that word neccessary?

    You could replace "through" with "by means of", but why would you want to?







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    Re: Is that word neccessary?

    Because I read in a book and they write:

    Compared with the TOEFL, the APIEL measures a student's ability to read, write, speak and understand English testing his or her skills in listening comprehension, speaking with accuracy and resourcefulness, and writing with clarity and fluency (without the word through)

    but another writes:

    Compared with the TOEFL, the APIEL measures a student's ability to read, write, speak and understand English through testing his or her skills in listening comprehension, speaking with accuracy and resourcefulness, and writing with clarity and fluency

    And so I want to know whether 2 these sentences are same or they omit this word.

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    Re: Is that word neccessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixqn81 View Post
    Because I read in a book and they write:

    Compared with the TOEFL, the APIEL measures a student's ability to read, write, speak and understand English testing his or her skills in listening comprehension, speaking with accuracy and resourcefulness, and writing with clarity and fluency (without the word through)

    but another writes:

    Compared with the TOEFL, the APIEL measures a student's ability to read, write, speak and understand English through testing his or her skills in listening comprehension, speaking with accuracy and resourcefulness, and writing with clarity and fluency

    And so I want to know whether 2 these sentences are same or they omit this word.
    They are different, in two ways, one fairly trivial. The first is badly punctuated; 'testing' starts a new clause that expands on the verb 'measures', so it should be preceded by a comma. The second uses a simple adverbial 'through testing...'. (So the differences are effectively negligible.)

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    #5

    Re: Is that word neccessary?

    you can take out the "through" and replace it with a "comma".
    You need a pause there

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    Re: Is that word neccessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    you can take out the "through" and replace it with a "comma".
    You need a pause there
    Is it just me, or is there an echo in here?

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