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    Unhappy I am puzzled !


    Which is correct and why:

    - The victims of the massacre \ the massacre victims?
    - The Revolution in means of communication \ The communication revoultion?
    - Weapons of mass destruction \ mass detruction weapons?

    Is there a rule for the genetive case??



    - A disease that (infects\affects) the skin?
    - Coal gives heat as soon as it is put (in\on) (the fire\ fire)?
    - To think that the sun is the source of all power is interesting in some way or another...
    or:
    To think that the sun is the source of all power is, in one way or another, interesting.

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    What is the difference in meaning:
    - Terroristic acts \ terrorist acts
    - Touristic activities \ tourist activities
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    Man used to draw pictures on the walls of (their) caves.

    Why using (their) when the subject is singular?? The same for (everyone, anyone..)


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    Re: I am puzzled !

    I am not a Teacher, but think that:
    The first and third section would depend on the structure of the statement and which reads / sounds better.
    Infect and Affect or indeed effect are all different words with different meanings. Disease infects and therefore the effect / affect is bad skin?

    Man are human beings in general, the human race both male and females.

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    Re: I am puzzled !

    I wish I could help, but this needs the help of an English teacher!

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    Re: I am puzzled !

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosamond00 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rosamond00 View Post
    Which is correct and why:

    - The victims of the massacre \ the massacre victims?
    - The Revolution in means of communication \ The communication revoultion?
    - Weapons of mass destruction \ mass detruction weapons?

    Is there a rule for the genetive case??



    - A disease that (infects\affects) the skin? Both are fine. If it infects the skin, it affects the skin.

    - Coal gives heat as soon as it is put (in\on) (the fire\ fire)? All work. I'd say "in a fire."

    - To think that the sun is the source of all power is interesting in some way xxxx... I'd take out "or another."

    or:
    To think that the sun is the source of all power is, in one way or another, interesting. This is fine.

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    What is the difference in meaning:

    - Terroristic acts \ terrorist acts The number of letters. I'd use "terrorist."

    - Touristic activities \ tourist activities I don't think "touristic" is a word.

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    Man used to draw pictures on the walls of xxxx caves.

    Man (meaning "humanity") is singular, to "their" doesn't work. To be gender-neutral, say: "Humans used to draw pictures on the walls of their caves."


    Why using (their) when the subject is singular?? The same for (everyone, anyone..)

    "Everyone" and "anyone" are singular, so you don't use "their," "they," "them," or "themselves" with them, either.


    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]


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    Re: I am puzzled !

    Thank you, sir.

    But is there a difference in usage between "humans" and "human beings" ?

    Also "Arab", "Arabic" and "Arabian"?

    If I want to say he is an Arab but teaches English, would it be:

    "He is an Arab English teacher"?

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