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Posted: 17 November 2009 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Coming to the end of the naturally occurring elements.

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Posted: 17 November 2009 09:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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They initially dubbed the element proactinium because the element radioactive decay converted the element in to actinium, therefore it comes before (pro-) actinium.

Am I missing something, or is a little editing necessary?

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Posted: 17 November 2009 06:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I would’ve made into one word, but, other than that, it looks pretty clear to me.  OK, maybe “the element’s radioactive decay”.

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Posted: 18 November 2009 06:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Corrected:

They initially dubbed the element proactinium because the element’s radioactive decay converts protactinium into actinium, therefore it “comes before” (pro-) actinium.

I think that’s clearer.

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Posted: 18 November 2009 07:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Yes, it is. Thanks.

After I posted my comment I read the sentence yet again and realized what you were probably saying. For the first couple of readings, though, my mind just didn’t want to make sense of it. I kept looking for an element name before “radioactive decay,” and a prepositional object between “in” and “to.” Funny how an initial misreading can take a while to overcome.

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