Frank
Are Both Okay? Gas would have had to accumulate in a certain area where it wasn't venting. Gas would have had to accumulate in a certain area where it wasn't (well) ventilated.
Mar 14, 2014 12:52 PM
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Both of these sentences would be okay, and people would understand. In the second sentence, the slightly wrong grammatical part is that the pronoun "it" should refer to the gas, but instead refers to the area. What I mean is that the *area* wasn't well ventilated - if you were referring to the gas you would probably say it wasn't well *vented*. For example, "Gas would have had to accumulate in a certain area where it wasn't well vented." I think it would be more clear to say instead: "Gas would have had to accumulate in a certain area which was poorly ventilated."
March 14, 2014
The first sentence doesn't make sense. If the gas wasn't venting it couldn't accumulate. The 'it' in that sentence refers to the gas. The second sentence is correct and makes sense because the 'it' is referring to the area. The area was not ventilated. To make it even clearer you could use 'which' to refer to the area. 'The gas…an area which wasn't ventilated.'
March 14, 2014
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