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strengthen their vigilance We will strengthen deterrence so officials daren't be corrupt, strengthen the cage of institutions so they're unable to be corrupt, and _strengthen their vigilance so that they have no desire to commit corruption_. Source: A Report Delivered at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China Hi. Do you think the underlined part can be improved? I don't think "strength their vigilance" makes good sense here. I would say "raise their consciousness/awareness of not wanting to commit corruption". Do you think so? Thank you.
Oct 30, 2017 9:49 AM
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Are they talking about the institutions having more surveillance so that officials aren't tempted by corruption? If so, it makes sense. If they're talking about the person themselves being more thoughtful about their actions, it doesn't make sense. Vigilance means to watch over someone else. 'strengthen their resolve so that they have no desire to commit corruption' would mean that they themselves must be resolved to not be corrupt. Neither does the use of 'consciousness' in your sentence, '"raise their awareness of not wanting to commit corruption." I hope this helps.
October 30, 2017
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