When ‘existence’ should not exist

Posted by on February 14th, 2017 | 2 responses | IELTS, keberadaan, speaking, theme and rheme, writing

Some people believe that the existence of machines helps to generate more profit than loss.

Indonesian flag This is a common translation problem for Indonesians. Keberadaan!
In English it is automatically assumed that things and people exist, unless otherwise stated.

  • Some people believe that machines help to generate more profit than loss.
  • Some people believe that the absence of machines can result in losses.

Incidentally, can anyone guess the names of the couple in the cover photo for this post, and why were they chosen? Comments below!

2 responses to “When ‘existence’ should not exist”

  1. PIpit says:

    Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. The couple are existentialists.

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