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Should the bold part be 'talks about' instead? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:40:00 AM
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The passage is talking about “the comparison between the Lotus Sutra and the pre-Lotus Sutra teachings", "the comparison between the essential teaching and the theoretical teaching" and “the comparison between the Buddhism of the sowing and the Buddhism of the harvest.”

Should the bold part be 'talks about' instead?

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pjharvey
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:00:55 AM
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I think you are right. The person reading the passage may be said to talking about..., but the passage in question always talks about that.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 1:28:22 AM
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pjharvey wrote:
I think you are right. The person reading the passage may be said to talking about..., but the passage in question always talks about that.
Thanks.
Romany
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 2:03:44 PM
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Strictly speaking it's not a correct usage.

A paragraph is a "thing". It cannot talk.

It can discuss, explore, concern, recount, refer to,explain, present, repeat, concentrate on, expose, lay out, teach, and many other things, on behalf of whoever wrote it. But it cannot "talk about" anything.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2018 9:23:24 PM
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Thanks, Romany.
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