at the turn of the 20th and the 21th century

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Zsuzsu, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Zsuzsu Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    Hungarian
    Hi all,

    I would like to paraphrase the following sentence because it seems a bit clumsy to me:

    The primary goal of our work is to present the change that took place at the end of the twentieth century and beginning of the twenty-first century.

    I've thought of a solution:

    The primary goal of our work is to present the change that took place
    at the turn of the twentieth and the twenty-first century/ies.


    What do you think of my solution? Is it acceptable or shall I improve it somehow? And should I write century or centuries?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. JCEst Senior Member

    Ireland
    English -Ireland
    I think the first implies one century (1999-2001) where as your version would imply (1899-1901 & 1999-2001).
     
  3. Saluton Banned

    Moscow, Russia
    Russian
    Probably just at the turn of the century would work?
     
  4. Zsuzsu Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    Hungarian
    Ah, Ok! Thanks for your answers!
    So shall I write at the turn of the 20th century instead?
    I need to specify the century, so 20th has to be included.
     
  5. Saluton Banned

    Moscow, Russia
    Russian
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2008
  6. Zsuzsu Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    Hungarian
    Ok, thanks Saluton!:)
     

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