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He said that scientists must do a better job of policing themselves and trying to be heard over the loudest voices on cable news, talk radio and the Internet. --taken from the NYT
Dear all,

If I rewrite the above like this: ....must do a better job to police ...and try to be heard ...., could you tell me whether it is idiomatic with the same meaning? Thanks.

  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    As written, we understand that they are already policing themselves and trying to be heard. They should "do a better job of" these activities - do them better.

    In the re-written version, job has been detached from policing and trying. I don't know what it refers to any more. There is also much less sense, if any, that they are currently doing anything to police themselves or to try to be heard.
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