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(662.7) 57:8.20 A sentence fragment?

Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:50 am +0000

Isn't the first sentence an incomplete one?

(662.7) 57:8.20 Since the condensation of the earth’s hydrosphere, first into the world ocean and subsequently into the Pacific Ocean, this latter body of water should be visualized as then covering nine tenths of the earth’s surface. Meteors falling into the sea accumulated on the ocean bottom, and meteors are, generally speaking, composed of heavy materials. Those falling on the land were largely oxidized, subsequently worn down by erosion, and washed into the ocean basins. Thus the ocean bottom grew increasingly heavy, and added to this was the weight of a body of water at some places ten miles deep.

Ángel Francisco

Re: (662.7) 57:8.20 A sentence fragment?

Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:20 pm +0000

Hi Angel,

The first phrase "Since the condensation of the earth's hydrosphere" is an adverbial clause of time. The subject of the sentence is "this latter body of water." The verb phrase is "should be visualized as" and the object is essentially the rest of the sentence.

I agree it's quite awkward, even for a native speaker of American English. If I were to rewrite the sentence: At this point in time, the Pacific Ocean (which formed after the earth's hydrosphere condensed into a world ocean) should be visualized as then covering nine tenths of the earth’s surface.

quil

Re: (662.7) 57:8.20 A sentence fragment?

Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:06 pm +0000

Thank you, Quil!
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