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Hi teachers,

I cannot seem to understand the sentence very well. Please help me.

"The pedometer is launched in the first year or two of the customer using it."

What does "of" function in this sentence?

Thank you.

Tinanam

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I'm sorry, but the sentence doesn't make any sense to me. As it stands, 'of' makes the customer one or two years old.
Dear Mister Micawber,

Thanks for answering my question.

Regards,

Tinanam
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"in the first year or two of the customer using it" means "during the first one or two years that the customer is using the pedometer". Well, that's what it means to me, at any rate.

I'm not quite sure how this relates to the first part of the sentence though. The only meaning of "launched" that seems to make sense is that of "put on the market", but I don't really see how a "customer" can be using it at all before it's been put on the market.
Yes, that latter part makes more sense with your reading, Mr W. It comes of my relying too much on grammar-- for that interpretation, I would have expected '..of the customer's using it'. Still, we are left with the mysterious post-use launch.
Mister Micawber I would have expected '..of the customer's using it'
Yeah, very many people do not bother with the possessive in cases like this. Some deliberately avoid it because they think it looks pedantic, but the majority are blissfully unaware that the possessive form could/should be used here. (Actually, it seems to me that the majority of English speakers do not know how to use apostrophe s at all, in any circumstance.)
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Dear Mr. Wordy, Mister Micawber,

Thank you.

1. Would "The pedometer was launched during the first one or two years of the customer using it"?

2. Is this kind of sentence structure natural, common and, maybe "informal" but grammatical?

Regards,

Tinanam
Tinanam, I cannot really judge-- the sentence does not make sense as it stands, and there is no way to tell whether it is the grammar, the vocabulary, or the writer.
Dear Mister Micawber,

Would this work after being reworded? Please help correct it. Thanks.

"The slime-line Pedometer is ready on the market. The more advanced one is to be launched during the first or two years of consumers using it."

Thank you.

Tinanam
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