pieces of puzzle

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!
 
  • 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".
     

    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 ...
     

    mrbilal87

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

    AWordLover

    Senior Member
    USA English
    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 ...
    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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