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Anonymous:"Madagascar’s “cactus war” of the 1920s, when French scientists and colonialists waged biological warfare against “Malagasy cactus” (raketa gasy, O. monacantha) with a cochineal cactus parasite (pondy foty, Dactylopius tomentosus), has received some attention of late. I return briefly to it here to highlight that colonial officials who were fervently against prickly pear cactus welcomed the occasion to operate a “modernist laboratory” aimed at advancing cactus pastoralists into the modern age."
Kindly check the bold words "I return briefly to" and tell me whether it is correct as it is used. Thank you very much.
I return briefly to it ...only appropriate if you have already mentioned it elsewhere, which seems unlikely from the rest of the text.
I've made a couple of other corrections for you too.
Anonymous:Thank you nona the brit. So I leave that "I return briefly to" thing as is?
Nona The BritI return briefly to it here to highlight that the colonial officials who were fervently against prickly pear cactus welcomed the opportunityHi Nona
In some other languages it is possible to make a difference in meaning by including or omitting the article (the) before colonial officials. With the inclusion of the, all the colonial officials are meant whereas without the only some of them are meant. I would consider this possible in English as well; in other words, the original sentence without the appears correct to me.
This is from Webster's Unabridged Dictionary:
1. a particular time, esp. as marked by certain circumstances or occurrences: They met on three occasions.
2. a special or important time, event, ceremony, celebration, etc.: His birthday will be quite an occasion.
3. a convenient or favorable time, opportunity, or juncture: This slack period would be a good occasion to take inventory.
4. the immediate or incidental cause or reason for some action or result: What is the occasion for this uproar?
5. (in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead) the coincidence of the eternal objects forming a specific point-event.
6. occasions, Obs.
a. needs or necessities.
b. necessary business matters: to go about one's lawful occasions.
7. on occasion, now and then; from time to time; occasionally: She visits New York on occasion.
It seems Noah Webster's disciples welcome the use of occasion in the sentence as well.
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