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Topic: could be the next threat that + a tense
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:13:26 AM
BobShilling wrote:
robjen wrote:
(1) The unknown virus could be the next threat that caused the people's worries.

I think that the alternatives suggested by leonAzul and NKM are fine, but the version with 'caused' is also acceptable, in my opinion.

Consider this sentence: If the next threat caused people to worry, it could/might be an unknown virus.
Here we have a normal second conditional/hypothetical future possibility sentence in which pass tenses effectively distance the likelihood of the situation. I think that the original conveys this idea.

But if we use "caused", I think we need an "if" somewhere, to mark it as conditional/hypothetical.
Topic: Words forever
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 9:02:03 PM
nostalgia
Topic: Game name
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 8:53:45 PM
Joe Kim wrote:
• Describe characteristics, materials, finishes, workmanship, and fabrication of
products and give list of comparable manufactures.


This is the kind of abbreviated style often found in sets of instructions, e.g:

Give name, address and date of birth of applicant.
Insert thin end in slot.
Break glass near edge.
Press button for help.

In normal writing, "the" would be used:

Give the name, address and date of birth of the applicant.
Insert the thin end in the slot.
Break the glass near the edge.
Press the button for help.
Topic: Readers can follow
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 8:37:40 AM
Jigneshbharati wrote:
Please explain the use of "can" in "readers can follow along..." and "you can use..."?


These are just normal uses of "can".

Readers can follow along = Readers are able to follow along.
You can use = You may use.
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COMES IN UPCOMING WORDS
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:46:19 PM
dumbstruck
Topic: Say It Differently Game
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:43:35 PM
What followed the great gold migration?


Just take it one step at a time.
Topic: Game of Adverbs
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:37:48 PM
whereof speakest thou?


uncannily
Topic: double consonant game.
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:19:42 AM
cellulose
Topic: FIRST AND LAST LETTERS COMES IN UPCOMING WORDS
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:11:37 AM
kettledrum
Topic: double consonant game.
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 11:56:33 PM
candid

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