Creating Weak Expletives

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Rewrite each of the following sentences so that you create at least one weak expletive—no matter how ugly! To review, see this discussion of expletives (opens in a separate browser window).

  1. According to Pythagoras, the ultimate nature of reality is number.
  2. Pythagoras also preached reincarnation and the transmigration of souls and is largely responsible for the modern belief in numerology, later popularised by Nostradamus.
  3. Pythagoras is known for his theorem, which states that the square of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the remaining two sides.
  4. Rather, Thales sought to explain the many diverse phenomena he observed by appealing to a common, underlying principle, an idea that is still germane to modern scientific method.
  5. Thales was the first thinker to try to account for the nature of the world without appealing to the wills and whims of anthropomorphic, Homerian gods.
  6. However, his significance as a philosopher is not so much what he said, but his method.
  7. Thales, probably born somewhere around 620 BC, is mainly remembered as the presocratic philosopher who claimed that the fundamental nature of the world is water.
  8. Socrates lived through times of great political upheaval in Athens, a city that would eventually make him a scapegoat for its troubles and ultimately demand is life.
  9. Zeno's argument seems to show that space cannot consist of an infinite series of points.
  10. Parmenides is significant for highlighting the intricacies and logical complications inherent in notions of existence and the relationship between language, thought and reality.

       

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