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Offline Takashi

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the meaning of a phrase
« on: March 22, 2016, 05:32:17 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could tell me the meaning of the underlined part of the following sentence.

      Any modifications to the car's engine will need to be adapted in all subsequent designs by law.

Could you paraphrase the underlined part?
The word "design" has several meanings and I'm not sure which meaning it has here.

Thank you very much.

Takashi

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Re: the meaning of a phrase
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2016, 08:33:09 am »
I think 'designs' in this sense refers to subsequent models of the car. Each new model would have design changes.

Offline davel

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Re: the meaning of a phrase
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2016, 12:48:20 pm »
Darryl is correct.

Perhaps I am reading too much into it (thinking there is more information not given) but the sentence implies that a change has been made to correct a problem with the engine and therefore, this correction must be also be made in all future versions.
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Offline Takashi

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Re: the meaning of a phrase
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2016, 05:07:14 pm »
Thank you very much indeed, Darryl and davel!
The meaning is clear now.
I really appreciate it.

Takashi