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    Question A sentence

    "The method has been further developed and evolved in various directions."

    Does this sound well?

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    Hello Nyggus,

    At first reading, it seems as if the method has been evolved; you might avoid this by saying "and has now evolved".

    Best wishes,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Nyggus,

    At first reading, it seems as if the method has been evolved; you might avoid this by saying "and has now evolved".

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Thanks. It was exactly my worry!

    Nyggus

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    Re: A sentence

    Improved seems better to me than evolved. Perhaps:
    We have improved the method and made it more useful.
    What do you think?


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    Re: A sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Improved seems better to me than evolved. Perhaps:
    We have improved the method and made it more useful.
    What do you think?

    Actually, I don't know. I don't have that "sense" of English. But it seems to me that the original sentence has some slightly different meaning than your last sentence. Or is it just just the difference in sound? I really don't know.

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    Nyggus

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    Re: A sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Actually, I don't know. I don't have that "sense" of English. But it seems to me that the original sentence has some slightly different meaning than your last sentence. Or is it just just the difference in sound? I really don't know.

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    Nyggus
    You are right. They are not the same. An improvement is a change for the better. Something that has been improved has been changed for the better. You can't be so sure about evolved, although it does have that meaning in some contexts.


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