synonyms for to detect the presence

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sergtab

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Russian, Russia
Please tell me any synonym for to detect the presence . Thank you!

... to detect the presence of harmful plant parasitic nematodes.
 
  • Szkot

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Detect the presence sounds natural in your fragment. There may be alternatives - observe, sense - that might be used in particular contexts.

    How is the presence of nematodes being detected?
     
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    Szkot

    Senior Member
    UK English
    As an afterthought, I wonder whether 'the presence of' is really necessary after 'detect'. But it would depend on the whole sentence.
     

    shawnee

    Senior Member
    English - Australian
    It may well depend on what is doing the detecting. If it is an instrument of some sort it may record, register or sense (as szkot has already mentioned) the presence of something.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Example:

    A Geiger counter senses the presence of radioactivity. From which we deduce that some radioactive material is nearby.

    In a strict sense a Geiger counter does not sense the presence of radioactive material, only the radioactivity itself. (For practical purposes a distinction that means little.)
     
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