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Questions about grammar
I was reading a book in British english and I saw this phrase "the thickness of the wire will also affect the ratio of the oxide to wire with the thinner the wire the greater the proportion of oxide present".
My question is if a comma is missing in anywhere, because it's a little bit confusing to me. I just want to know if everything it's right because I am not fluente.
May 26, 2020 1:27 AM
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I'm a native English speaker - even with the commas I still don't understand what this sentence is talking about.

I would add one, maybe two commas. The latter one being more of an option.
The thickness of the wire will also affect the ratio of the oxide to wire(,) with the thinner the wire(,) the greater the proportion of oxide present.
May 26, 2020
Full agreement with both Nicolay and Chris.

I'd personally also strip the with once the commas are in place.

"the thickness of the wire will also affect the ratio of the oxide to wire, the thinner the wire, the greater the proportion of oxide present"
May 26, 2020
I agree with Nikolay on comma placement.

Oxides are produced when metals are in contact with air. Therefore, they only form on the outside surface of wires. Thinner wires have a larger proportion of their total mass exposed to outside air, and therefore, more of their mass will eventually become oxides.
If you use 100 kg of metal to produce a thick cable with a one-meter diameter, most of the metal will be inside the wire, and so it won't form oxides. If you use the same amount of metal to produce a very long wire that is only one nanometer thick, almost all of the metal will be very close to the air, and therefore almost the entire wire will eventually become oxides of the original metal.
If you're still confused, google "surface area to mass ratio"
May 26, 2020
Hey Chris, Thank you so much for you answer. I understand what you said, I am a material engineering student, it's just because is hard to study in english but the best book and the best article are in english.
May 26, 2020
the thickness of the wire will also affect the ratio of the oxide to wire, with the thinner the wire the greater the proportion of oxide present"

Thinner wire will have a greater proportion of surface area of circumference divided by area of the wire than a thicker wire. I put a comma after 2nd wire, but unless you understand the physice it won't make sense.
May 26, 2020
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