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onsen
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 6:54:04 AM
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Hello,

Quote:
A. The earth is spherical, which it really is.
B. The earth is spherical in shape, which it really is.
C. The earth orbits around the sun, around which it really does.
(self-made sentence)


Are the sentences A, B and C correct?

Thank you.
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:01:26 AM

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No, because this is a statement in itself.

Either
The Earth is spherical.
Or, more emphatic that is is true
The the Earth really is spherical
or, intensifying the adjective
The Earth is really spherical


There is no justification for the 'which' clause in a simple statement.

You would only use that to add information, and that requires some other meaning to the sentence.
Eg
If the Earth were spherical (which it isn't) then Mt Vinson would be the highest mountain on Earth.

You set up the condition and then state it isn't true.



As for the use of nouns and adjectives:
It is spherical.
It has a spherical shape.
It is a 'sphere' shape.
It is a sphere
It orbits the Sun.

I am not sure what part you are trying to practice so I'm not sure if this helps.



(Yes, I know, before anyone corrects me - the Earth isn't spherical, and the Earth and Sun orbit each other)
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:08:01 AM
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onsen wrote:
A. The earth is spherical, which it really is.
B. The earth is spherical in shape, which it really is.
C. The earth orbits around the sun, around which it really does.
(self-made sentence)

Let me add "They say..." so that the sentences make more sense:

A. They say the earth is spherical, which it really is. [Correct]
B. They say the earth is spherical in shape, which it really is. [Correct, but "in shape" is unnecessary.]
C. They say the earth orbits [around] the sun, around which it really does. [The first "around" can be omitted. The second "around" is wrong.]
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:21:51 AM

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The sentence are correct grammatically but to explain Thars comment about the Earth not being spherical, it's a shape that's know as an oblate spheroid due to the way the physics of being an object that rotates work.

It's slightly flattened at the poles, and the equator bulges out meaning it is not a true sphere.



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