用很好的句子開始。我的句子需要更改嗎?


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我今天有一位同事指出,在下面的句子中使用 well 是一個錯字。我認為這是有道理的,但現在我第二次猜測自己。這樣對嗎?如果沒有,那麼更好的說法是:

Well these rules have been in place for a while, shipping companies and businesses are experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments.

如果您想在此處獲得此句子的完整上下文,則為:

For several months now special restrictions have been in place for exports of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, and general COVID-19 relief supplies from China. Well these rules have been in place for a while, shipping companies and businesses are experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments.

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首先,我接受了傑伊的建議,並將句子改寫為以下內容:

While these rules have been in place for some time, shipping companies and businesses are experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments.

我真的很喜歡Apple Cola的建議。為了使Chronocidal提出的句子順暢,我添加了單詞" still",將"一會兒"替換為" some time",將" rules"替換為" restrictions",使它適合於該段,並刪除了"貨運公司"部分,因為從技術上講,我只需要在此處提及公司。該句子現在顯示為:

Although these restrictions have been in place for some time [now], businesses are still experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments.

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The sentence is a little off. Here's how you could fix it:

Well, these rules...

Or you could do this instead:

These rules...


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I think you mean "while". "While" can be used as a conjunction to mean "even though" or "despite". As in, "While Bob is very tall, he still couldn't reach the top shelf."

Using "while" here creates an awkward sentence because later in the same sentence you use "while" in the idiom "a while", meaning "a long time". I'd recast it using other words, such as "a long time". So, "While these rules have been in practice for a long time, shipping companies are ..." etc.

"Well" can be an interjection indicating surprise, or simply as a kind of vague placeholder to introduce a new thought. "I saw Sally enter the room. Well, Bob was in the room too." As such, it should be followed by a comma. But this use is rarely found in formal speech. Sometimes it is used to indicate that the following thought contradicts what was previously said, somewhat like "but". "Everyone thinks Fred is a nice guy. Well, Mary has said some harsh things about him." But that doesn't seem to fit here.


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Try using a conjunction instead. For example, you could say:

Although these rules have been in place for a while, shipping companies and businesses are experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments.


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Gut feel for me says that "Well, ..." is usually a spoken rather than a written usage. Feeling is that it is written where the writer is quoting someone who is speaking. The "Well, ..." is usually a clarification of some previous point, statement, etc. where one could make an assumption, conclusion, etc. and clarification is being given to clarify that.

Your rewrites are 'better' than the original.

Might consider breaking it into independent sentences. "These rules have been in place for a while. Shipping companies and businesses are experiencing delays as a result of incorrectly processed shipments." Two different thoughts: 1) Previously existing rules (i.e. not the reason for the delays); 2) Explanation of why the delays are occurring.

Re-Reading the original posting, I am wondering if you need the first thought. Were there rules in place related to the shipping prior to the "For several months now special restrictions ..."? Did the "special restrictions" lead to the "incorrectly processed shipments" or was that occurring all along? Did the "special restrictions" cause 'more incorrectly processed shipments'?

Interesting question, discussion.

Lo