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    a considerable difference between a few akin sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether you see any considerable difference between the following sentences?

    1.1.The reading of scientific books is useful.
    1.2.Reading scientific books is useful.

    2.1. The readings on this device are quite correct.
    2.2. Reading technical magazines helps him in his research work.

    1.1.The reading of scientific books is useful.
    1.2.Reading scientific books is useful.

    1.1.This is a good read.
    1.2.Reading scientific books regularly improves our knowledge.

    Would you share with me your choice concerning the following expressions?

    “the coating of the fabric took ten hours” or “ coating the fabric took ten hours”

    “the washing of glassware and the wiping of the bench are obligatory” or “washing the glassware and wiping the bench are obligatory”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Re: a considerable difference between a few akin sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether you see any considerable difference between the following sentences?

    1.1.The reading of scientific books is useful.
    1.2.Reading scientific books is useful.
    1.2 is preferred. 1.1 might be used in a list of guides/instructions.

    2.1. The readings of this device are quite correct.
    2.2. Reading technical magazines helps him in his research work.
    2.1 OK but better would be 'on this device'. 2.2 is fine.

    1.1.This is a good reading.
    1.2.Reading scientific books regularly improves our knowledge.
    1.1 good read. 1.2 fine.

    Would you share with me your choice concerning the following expressions?

    “the coating of the fabric took ten hours” or “ coating the fabric took ten hours”
    the second one is more natural, particularly in speech, but the first one is still correct.

    “the washing of glassware and the wiping of the bench are obligatory” or “washing the glassware and wiping the bench are obligatory”
    As this is an instruction, probably on a list in a kitchen location normally 'the' would be omitted.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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