Consider this:

The theory above was put forward in the most general way possible. You should adapt the discussion to suit your own needs.

Is the phrase “you should adapt the discussion to suit your own needs” correct? I don’t find it on Google, which is usually a sign of trouble.

If it’s wrong, why is it wrong, and what are some alternatives?

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    Try googling your last sentence. Do you think it is "correct"? – Kris Apr 17 '12 at 21:00
  • I could not find a complete match for the following sentence in google too, "When you go downstairs to look into the freezer, you might find a scrap of pizza or two." Could my sentence be improper? Or, even wrong? – Blessed Geek Apr 17 '12 at 22:45

You can't find the phrase on Google because it's a long sentence, and most sentences above a certain length threshold are unique. This is a natural consequence of the number of possible ways there are to make a sentence.

In any case, your phrase is perfectly grammatical and clear. Don't worry about it.


That's a fairly lengthy phrase to try to find. I think you are really just asking about the adapt to suit your own needs part. In this case, there is nothing wrong with the phrase. You could even leave out own and say simply

You should adapt the discussion to suit your needs.

your own needs is a bit redundant, but not at all ungrammatical.

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