Roughening the surface wasn't ordered - where in a sentence

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Hello everybody!

I would like to check with you about the two following sentences?

Roughening the surface before applying a coat of paint was not ordered.

Roughening the surface was not ordered before applying a coat of paint.

Do the above sentences mean the same?

The general idea is that nobody ordered the surface to be roughened before application of a coat of paint.

What is your opinion?
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    My opinion is that your first sentence conveys the message better while your second one is ambiguous. The second one might as well suggest that the roughening of surface was, indeed, ordered only after applying a coat of paint. Whether the roughening ever took place is not clear...
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