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nani_n
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:48:49 AM
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hi everyone,

Would you please help me with below sentence.

These screws are not Philips Drive No.2, they are something between Philips Drive No.2 and Philips Drive No.1 so screw driver can't sit smoothly in Philips Drive and it causes screw damages while tightening up.

Is it correct? can i say tightening up?
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:16:49 AM

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These screws are fit neither for Philips Drive No.1 nor drive no.2. That’s why the screw driver cannot fit and work properly. It can damage the screw heads if one tries to tighten up or loosen the screws forcibly.IMO

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nani_n
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 2:24:53 AM
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Thank you for answering
It sounds hard for me but it is nice.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 7:56:47 AM

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There are several ways it could be said.

Ashwin's suggestion is one of them.

To keep your sentence similar to the original, I would say:
These screws are not Philips Drive No.2. They are something between Philips two and Philips one so a Philips screwdriver can't sit smoothly, which damages the screw while tightening.

They are probably Pozidriv screws!



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palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:47:58 AM

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nani_n wrote:
hi everyone,

Would you please help me with below sentence.

These screws are not Philips Drive No.2, they are something between Philips Drive No.2 and Philips Drive No.1 so screw driver can't sit smoothly in Philips Drive and it causes screw damages while tightening up.

Is it correct? can i say tightening up?


"Tightening up" is a common colloquial form and is considered acceptable in informal AE. Simply "tightening" is fine as well and a bit more formal.
Sanmayce
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 1:59:21 PM

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Enter "tightening up" into https://books.google.com/ngrams and you will see it is fully acceptable.

tightening up one's back


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sureshot
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 7:16:06 PM
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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
These screws are fit neither for Philips Drive No.1 nor drive no.2. That’s why the screw driver cannot fit and work properly. It can damage the screw heads if one tries to tighten up or loosen the screws forcibly.IMO


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In my view, the first sentence requires a minor correction. In neither-nor construction, there should be 'parallelism'. In case the preposition "for" is mentioned after the first noun "Philips Drive No.1", the second noun "Drive no.2" should be preceded by "for".

The first sentence would now be:

- These screws are fit neither for Philips Drive No.1 nor for Drive no.2.

Some writers prefer to write the sentence with one "for" and shift it before "neither"

- These screws are fit for neither Philips Drive No.1 nor Drive no.2.
TMe
Posted: Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:47:51 PM

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Good idea.


I am a layman.
nani_n
Posted: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 2:48:16 AM
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Thank you very much from all.
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