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Hello!

I have 2 questions again. I thank you sincerely and always for your help.

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Marijuana is the illegal drug most often used in this country. Our research shows that accompanying this upward pattern of marijuana use is a significant erosion in antidrug perceptions and knowledge among young people today. Because many parents of this generation of teenagers experimented with marijuana when they were in college, they often find it difficult to talk about marijuana use with their children and to set strict ground rules against drug use. It is best to talk about drugs when children are young. It is never too late to talk about the dangers of drug use. Talking to our children about drug abuse is not always easy, but it is very important.

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q1) never too late to talk ----- Considering the context, I think, it should be changed to 'never too early to talk'. Isn't it?

q2) Our research shows that accompanying this upward pattern of marijuana use is a significant erosion in antidrug perceptions and knowledge among yound people today. --------when I read this sentence, I thoght it too long and not clear. Isn't it? I am wondering if anybody can change the sentence more clearly but not changing the meaning.

Thank you.
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Hi,

q1) never too late to talk ----- Considering the context, I think, it should be changed to 'never too early to talk'. Isn't it? You mean 'shouldn't it?'

You could interpret it in the way that you suggest. But you could also read it as a sentence designed to contrast with the previous one. ie It is best . . . ewhen children are young. (assumed 'but') It is never too late . . .

q2) Our research shows that accompanying this upward pattern of marijuana use is a significant erosion in antidrug perceptions and knowledge among yound people today. --------when I read this sentence, I thoght it too long and not clear. Isn't it? I am wondering if anybody can change the sentence more clearly but not changing the meaning. The sentence as written seems OK to me.

Best wishes, Clive
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Our research shows that among young people today, there is an increase in the use of marijuana along with a breakdown in negative attitudes about using drugs and also a breakdown in the awareness of the dangers of drug use. (There previously was a more negative attitude about using drugs and there was more education about drug use. The youth don't see anything wrong drug use AND they are not educated about it)

It is never too late to talk about the dangers of drug use. (Even when you think it is too late, it is never too late.0