I am trying to read a research paper from a Chinese research group (written in english). The author is frequently using the phrase "It will be better to ...", and I am having a hard time to understand the meaning of these sentences. Some examples:

It will be better to reveal the function of [subject] for suppressing [effect], and ...

It will be better to provide the theoretical support to select the proper [parameter] in the real application

It appears to me that this is an "unfortunate"/too literal translation of some common phrase, but I can't figure out what the authors want to say.

Does anyone with knowledge of the language have an idea what it could mean?

  • I figure it's saying "it will be/look better if (one/the paper/etc) provide(s) the theoretical ..." – dan Apr 13 '19 at 9:26
  • Thank you very much for your comment! So your interpretation is that the sentences mean something similar to "It would be nice if one provided the ..."? – Some reviewer Apr 15 '19 at 7:52
  • It's probably suggesting that the paper would be improved if it adds (provides) the theoretical ... – dan Apr 15 '19 at 10:38

Probably 最好 which literally translates as "best" and can be used similarly to the English construction, "You best be going now," or "You had better try again."

  • Thank you very much for your answer! Could there be another possible meaning? I'm asking because I am having trouble to apply your suggested meaning to the sentences of the paper. E.g: "We best reveal the function of ..." or "The function of ... better be revealed" sound a bit strange for me, at least in the context of a scientific paper – Some reviewer Apr 15 '19 at 7:41
  • @Somereviewer Have you tried looking for articles published by the same authors in Chinese? It would probably have examples of what you're looking for. – Ben Jackson Apr 15 '19 at 16:09

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