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resulted in there being few

Post by azz » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:48 am

Can one say
a. The new regulations have resulted in few accidents.

instead of
b. The new regulations have resulted in there being few accidents.
?

I am not at all sure that (a) works.

Many thanks.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:12 pm

To my mind, a) implies that there was an expectation that the new regulations would generate accidents, but that this expectation was not borne out as much as had been anticipated.

By contrast, b) unequivocally states that the new regulations were directly responsible for bringing about a situation in which there were very few accidents.

It's interesting that such a small and subtle difference in wording can produce such a large difference in meaning.
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Post by trolley » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:15 pm

I wasn't sure exactly what the first one was saying. Did the new regs cause the accidents? Did the regs result in a reduction in accidents or, as Erik said, did the regs cause accidents, but no as many as anticipated. Few accidents, fewer accidents, a few accidents..
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