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nomalisation my ass
« on: September 06, 2008, 04:05:48 pm »
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teacher put this in an exercise for the fun of it....

"Examine the following sentence, which contains nominalisations. Identify the nominalisations and rewrite the sentence with normal verbs."

Objective consideration of the contemporary phenomenon compels the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with the innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.

WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT SENTENCE EVEN MEAN!?!

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Re: nomalisation my ass
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 04:09:45 pm »
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lol we had to do it the other way and it was super hard. What's the point of it?!
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Re: nomalisation my ass
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 04:18:22 pm »
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its to do with noun phrases, how to pack in the most amount of information logically into a sentence...
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Re: nomalisation my ass
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2008, 04:22:03 pm »
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after battling, I got:

Considering the observations in the modern world concludes that success or failure in competitions tend not to depend on how capable that person/company is, and is rather random.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2008, 05:16:11 pm »
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looks to me like someone has written a sentence, then right clicked > synonyms for EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE ENTIRE SENTENCE

...to get something that takes quite a bit of brain power to understand.

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2008, 05:36:43 pm »
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Haha, we got that example too; I think it's from Macmillan, who in turn got it from George Orwell.

its to do with noun phrases, how to pack in the most amount of information logically into a sentence...
Also, it makes texts seem more formal, and can be used as a form of doublespeak.

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Re: nomalisation my ass
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2008, 05:55:45 pm »
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ooo, George Orwell... mmm

very aNAesthetic language :P
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Re: nomalisation my ass
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2008, 09:02:40 pm »
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Lol, that sounds like something I would say in my slightly induced state of consciousness ;D