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    Cool outsourced

    Hi,

    Is the following passage correct?

    "We do not fix the products ourselves. They're outsourced."

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    Re: outsourced

    I would be more likely to say that the repairs are outsourced, rather than the products.

    In the first sentence, "repair" is used as a verb, so it doesn't make the transition to noun (as represented by "they") very well.

    Maybe this: We outsource the repairs on the products."

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    Cool Re: outsourced

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would be more likely to say that the repairs are outsourced, rather than the products.

    In the first sentence, "repair" is used as a verb, so it doesn't make the transition to noun (as represented by "they") very well.

    Maybe this: We outsource the repairs on the products."
    Thank you! But is my sentence understandable? Or will a native-English say "What does he mean by that?... "


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    Re: outsourced

    Or will a native-English say "What does he mean by that?... "
    Yes - me for one.

    Read Barb_D's post carefully.
    Your sentence says, because you "do not fix products yourself" - (SO WHY ARE YOU IN BUSINESS AS A REPAIR SHOP? )- that "the repairs are outsourced" to another place that does do repairs. You totally unnecessary middle-man you!

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    Re: outsourced

    Yes, it's understandable.

    The person will know you mean the repairs are what are outsourced. In actual conversations, we say things like this all the time.

    But if you have the time to write it and realize that by using "They" you need a noun, and the only noun was "the products" then you'd realize it's not a great sentence as originally written.

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