Any system running for a period of time .....

Discussion in 'English Only' started by angel8848, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. angel8848

    angel8848 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    Hi there,

    May I ask a question regarding the usage of 'default' and 'setback'?

    Here is the statement.

    Any system running for a period of time, there must be default and setback in some way.

    Are there any errors or ambiguity in this statement?
     
  2. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    I'm afraid, angel8848, that your sentence is both unclear and ungrammatical.
     
  3. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    Please provide complete context.
     
  4. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Jerusalem
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    And everyone else - let's all wait for the context before attempting to answer.

    Thanks.

    Nunty, moderator
     
  5. angel8848

    angel8848 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    I'm sorry for that. I meant to say a certain political system, after being adopted for a long time, there must be some bugs or defacts. But somehow I came up with the above sentence. So it doesn't make sense to you all I suppose. I was wondering if I shouldn't have made it because it doesn't make sense to you or if you could correct it. I really appreciate you help.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011
  6. angel8848

    angel8848 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    Is it correct to say,'There are always bugs and defects in any systems after running a certain period of time?
     
  7. DadLaC Member

    English - US
    I would caution the use of "always." While bugs and defects are normally found in new systems, it is conceivable that a new system could be developed that was bug free.
    Another caution is that bugs and defects normally are discovered in newly implemented systems and that after running for a period of time, they are discovered and corrections or bug fixes are made. Large, very complex systems often take longer to debug than smaller, simpler systems.
     
  8. angel8848

    angel8848 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    Thanks a lot for your answer, DadLac. How about in an old system, for example, a political system, no matter democratic or autocratic, there is always something that doesn't work out. What would be the better way to say it?
     
  9. DadLaC Member

    English - US
    Perhaps in such systems it is not that they are flawed so much as they need to change as societies change. Societies are not inanimate changeless entities, they are continually in a state of flux and thus whatever political system is in place, it too must be changing constantly to keep up with the needs of the society it serves.
     
  10. angel8848

    angel8848 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Cantonese
    Thank you very much for rewriting the sentence for me, DadLac.
     
  11. DadLaC Member

    English - US
    You are quite welcome, happy to be of assistance.
     

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