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    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by ohmyrichard, Mar 5, 2011.

    Hi, everyone.
    Please first read the following two sentences:
    In most South American countries, trains do not play an important role in the transportation system. One country to see at least in part by rail is Paraguay, where some lines are operated with steam locomotives dating from the 19th century.

    My question is, does the underlined part mean "One country some parts of which you can see by rail" or rather, what part of the infinitive phrase on earth does "in part" modify? My dictionaries tell me that "in part" means "to some degree, but not completely" or "partly".
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    Richard
     
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    Yes, it means you can see parts of the country by rail.

    So the railway systems doesn't span the whole of Paraguay.
     
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    This is bad writing: "One country to see at least in part by rail".

    I know what they're trying to say, which is that Paraguay, which does have trains, has some lines that are operated with steam locomotives dating back to the 19th century.
     
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    I think a couple of commas will make the sentence much more better

    and some rephrasing


     
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    It would be better to rewrite the paragraph.

    In most South American countries, trains do not play an important role in the transportation system. Paraguay is one of the exceptions. In Paraguay, some of the train lines are operated with steam locomotives that date back to the 19th century.
     
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    the writing is grammatical... and yes, it does mean that you can see parts of paraguay by train, the implication being that there are other parts that you cannot see by train...
     
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    Thanks, maia.
     
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    Thank you all for helping me out.
     

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