Daisy
Which sentence is more natural? 1. Public water system means a system for provision for the public of piped water for human consumption. 2. Public water system means a system that providing the public with piped water for human consumption. "The 1st sentence found in Office of chemical safety and pollution prevention of the United state environmental protection agency (Washington DC)"
Aug 11, 2018 3:33 AM
Answers · 7
Hi Daisy, 1 is grammatically correct, but still sounds unnatural. It's not something you would hear in a normal conversation. 2 is incorrect. I would say, "A public water system is a system for the public for the provision of piped water for human consumption". I think moving "for the public" makes it sound more natural.
August 11, 2018
Public water system is a system that provides the public with piped water for human consumption.
August 11, 2018
Thank Gary!
August 11, 2018
Emily's answer is good. The biggest issue with the original is the second use of 'for'. '...for provision to the public...' would be better.
August 11, 2018
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