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Dear teachers,

In the sentence'Careful surveys have indicated that as many as 50% of patients do not take drugs as directed' why as directed instead of as they are dicrected or as are directed?
I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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It's a lot tidier without the subject\verb IMO. Also, if you stuck them in, you might add 'to' after the verb. All round, it doesn't improve the sentence. ;-)
 

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Thank you for your explanation. But I have two questions: First, What does IMO mean? Second, after which word should I add 'to' ?
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Jiang
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It's a lot tidier without the subject\verb IMO. Also, if you stuck them in, you might add 'to' after the verb. All round, it doesn't improve the sentence. ;-)
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In My Opinion, also IMHO (Humble).

As they are directed to..
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The "complete" sentence might read:
  • Careful surveys have indicated that as many as 50% of patients do not take drugs as they are directed to by their doctors.

However, the omitted words are understood and thus unnecessary.

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I came across the sentence:

I hope all the precautions against air pollution, as suggested by the local government, will be seriously considered here.

If I complete the clause it should be 'as was suggested by the local .....'. am I right?

Thank you.

Jiang

RonBee said:
The "complete" sentence might read:
  • Careful surveys have indicated that as many as 50% of patients do not take drugs as they are directed to by their doctors.

However, the omitted words are understood and thus unnecessary.

:)
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jiang said:
I came across the sentence:

I hope all the precautions against air pollution, as suggested by the local government, will be seriously considered here.

If I complete the clause it should be 'as was suggested by the local .....'. am I right?

Thank you.

Jiang

RonBee said:
The "complete" sentence might read:
  • Careful surveys have indicated that as many as 50% of patients do not take drugs as they are directed to by their doctors.

However, the omitted words are understood and thus unnecessary.

:)
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Yes, you can insert "was" there if you like. I think that clause is fine. However, the rest of the sentence seems a little odd. I would rewrite it. Perhaps:
  • I hope all the actions to prevent air pollution, as suggested by the local government, will be seriously considered here.

What do you think?

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I have noticed you changed some words. I am sure you are right.
Thanks!
Jiang

RonBee said:
jiang said:
I came across the sentence:

I hope all the precautions against air pollution, as suggested by the local government, will be seriously considered here.

If I complete the clause it should be 'as was suggested by the local .....'. am I right?

Thank you.

Jiang

RonBee said:
The "complete" sentence might read:
  • Careful surveys have indicated that as many as 50% of patients do not take drugs as they are directed to by their doctors.

However, the omitted words are understood and thus unnecessary.

:)
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Yes, you can insert "was" there if you like. I think that clause is fine. However, the rest of the sentence seems a little odd. I would rewrite it. Perhaps:
  • I hope all the actions to prevent air pollution, as suggested by the local government, will be seriously considered here.

What do you think?

:)
 

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We do not take precautions against air pollution. Instead, we try not to cause it, or we take steps to prevent it.
 

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Dear RonBee,

Thank you so much for your further explanatin. To tell you the truth I didn't understand why you replaced 'precautions' with 'action' and used 'prevent'. I wanted very much to ask you the reason for that but being afraid of bothing you too much I didn't do so. It seems you guessed I don't understand it and you sent me the explanation. Now I fully understand the reason. Thanks!!!

Jiang

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We do not take precautions against air pollution. Instead, we try not to cause it, or we take steps to prevent it.
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You're welcome. I am glad to help. It is certainly true that usage can be tricky.

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