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for use in extreme situations

Post by navi » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:18 am

1) This is a weapon, for use in extreme situations.
2) This is a weapon, to use in extreme situations.
3) This is a weapon, to be used in extreme situations.

Is the punctuation in the above sentences acceptable?
Does the comma alter the meaning?
If yes, how does it do so?

I think the comma makes the following part non-restrictive. The information that follows is additional information. I see two possibilities. Either that part is added as an afterthought, or it is implied that all weapons are for use in extreme situations.

4) This is not a toy. It is a weapon, for use in extreme situations.


Would you say that is correct?

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Re: for use in extreme situations

Post by Alan » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:51 am

Yes, #1 or #3 could be used in that way.
#2 is rather unnatural.

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