Woonghee Lee
I don't get what this senstence means "Common mistakes like these will separate rushed, shoddy... How are you? When I was reading a paper, I got this sentence that "Common mistakes like these will separate rushed, shoddy work from the truly excellent." I thought it meant that "Common mistakes will cause that the truly excellent will be shoddy work". I am not sure whether I get it right or not. Thank you very much for your help in advance.
Jul 9, 2015 7:27 AM
Answers · 6
Hi Lee, Great question! I have tried to explain the sentence below. I have just bought a book. It has some common mistakes in it. The book was probably written in a rush. The quality of the writing is poor. It is shoddy work. I noticed the mistakes. It is easy for me to see the difference between the quality of the writing in my book and in other truly excellent ones. Truly excellent work does not have common mistakes in it. Common mistakes separate some books from other, well-written ones. I hope this answer is helpful to you. Happy studying!
July 9, 2015
Read it like this: (Common mistakes like these) will separate (rushed, shoddy work) from (the truly excellent) - or to paraphrase: "these mistakes separate bad work from good" In other words - those common mistakes will be the difference between the good work and the bad work. BUT - I don't think it is clear whether they are saying that making those mistakes will make excellent work bad, or whether seeing those mistakes will allow someone to easily see which work is good or bad.
July 9, 2015
Your interpretation doesn't make much sense, I'm afraid. It means that work that contains "common mistakes" can be distinguished as "rushed and shoddy" compared to the "truly excellent" work.
July 9, 2015
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!
Woonghee Lee
Language Skills
English, Korean
Learning Language