Hello

This time I have only one sentence.

In ceremonial magic of the Middle Ages, the lodestone was engraved with the figure of an armored man. This stone was utilized during rituals to empower magic.

I'm not sure I understand "empower magic"? Does it mean that it was used to intensify the magical processes during the rituals?

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Hi,

This time I have only one sentence.

In ceremonial magic of the Middle Ages, the lodestone was engraved with the figure of an armored man. This stone was utilized during rituals to empower magic.

I'm not sure I understand "empower magic"? Does it mean that it was used to intensify the magical processes during the rituals? Yes, basically.

'Empower' here means 'give power'. The sentence is not well-worded. Usually, something/somebody empowers somebody.

eg
This stone was utilized during rituals to empower the priest/person to use magic.

Clive
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Hi

I have another sentence.

"In India, women (presumably rich) wear an unblemished white diamond with a slightly black hue to ensure male children."

the sentence says: ...unblemished white diamond with a slightly black hue... Do you think it's correct? If something is unblemished it, in my opinion, cannot have hues? Do you think the above sentence is awkward?
Hi,

"In India, women (presumably rich) wear an unblemished white diamond with a slightly black hue to ensure male children."

the sentence says: ...unblemished white diamond with a slightly black hue... Do you think it's correct? If something is unblemished it, in my opinion, cannot have hues? Do you think the above sentence is awkward?

I guess the question is whether you think a hue is a blemish. That's an aesthetic matter rather than a grammatical one.

The main concern I have with this sentence is this. Does 'to ensure male children' relate to 'hue' or to 'diamond', or even to 'wear a diamond'. I'd add some punctuation, probably commas, to clarify that.

Best wishes, Clive
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