...without being at the expense of.....

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out there

Member
UK
Thai
Hello,

I wondered if I can form a negative meaning of 'at the expense of' by adding 'without being'?

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This is the context of what I want to write:

I wanted to interview the research participants as often as possible. Yet, I was aware that they were also busy with their own studies at university. Therefore, I dicided to interiew them only 3 times. This was a win-win situation because I could get enough information and I would not too much intrude the participants' time (busy schedules).

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Can I say as follows?

1. I could ensure that I achieved my data collection without being at the expense of the participants.

Or,

2. I could ensure that I achieved my data collection without being at the expense of the participants' tight schedules.


Do English speakers say so?....(or is it strange to say so?)

Many thanks
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    These could work, but I guess they can be improved on.

    1. I could ensure that I achieved my data collection without taking too much of the participants' time.

    Or,

    2. I could ensure that I achieved my data collection without too much intrusion into the participants' tight schedules.
     
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