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I have a question related to this example sentence:

Preparation of Isometrics, bill of material of all lines and supporting details of all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR and get subsequent approval.

From the above:

  1. What are the sizes of lines for preparation of isometrics? Is it for all lines or for lines below 2-1/2"?

  2. Is getting subsequent approval for (a) all isometrics, bill of materials and also for the supporting details or (b) only supporting details?

  • What is the context here? – Alex W Feb 23 '14 at 4:10
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    This seems very unnatural to me as English. – virmaior Feb 23 '14 at 4:41
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This is a very poorly worded sentence and the author should be asked for clarification before any further action was taken. If, however, I were forced to guess at the intended meaning this is how I would parse it:

(a) Preparation of (a1) isometrics, (a2) bill of material of all lines and supporting details of all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR and (b) get subsequent approval.

The long (a2) section is the primary source of confusion but I think it means to prepare the bill of material for all lines. And prepare supporting details of all lines that are both below 2-1/2" but are not under IBR.

The appropriate to say this in the future would be to include a list of all action items that need to be performed:

Prepare the following:

  • isometrics
  • bill of material for all lines
  • supporting details for all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR

Also, get subsequent approval.

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