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pieces of puzzle

Discussion in 'English Only' started by pasv, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. pasv New Member

    Slovakia, Slovak
    Hi all,

    "There are a lot of missing pieces of puzzle in the theory of ... that have to be gathered/found/? in order to get a complete and clear picture about ..."

    Is it correct?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. Matching Mole

    Matching Mole Senior Member

    England, English
    "Pieces of puzzle" is incorrect, it should be "pieces of the puzzle", or "puzzle pieces"

    I would suggest "found" is better because the pieces are missing. I would also suggest that "need to be found" will probably sound better than "have to be found".
  3. vachecow Senior Member

    USA English
    I would say,

  4. evilregis Senior Member

    English, Canada
    Not a bad start. What I would say:

    There are a lot of puzzle pieces missing in the theory of ... that need to be solved in order to get a complete and clear picture about ...
  5. mrbilal87

    mrbilal87 Senior Member

    English (NAmE)
    I agree with evilregis. "Puzzle pieces" is better because it seems a bit clearer than "pieces of the puzzle."
  6. AWordLover

    AWordLover Senior Member

    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    USA English
    I might say this too, but it is a mixed metaphor. It is like pieces of a puzzle (that should be found or fit together). That need to be solved, missing pieces of a puzzle are not solved, puzzles are solved.

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