An international organization has started issuing certifications to wood companies who meet a high ecological standard by conserving resources and recycling materials in an effort to encourage ecological sustainable forestry practices. Certified companies

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An international organization has started issuing certifications to wood companies who meet a high ecological standard by conserving resources and recycling materials in an effort to encourage ecological sustainable forestry practices. Certified companies can attract customers by advertising their products as eco-certified. Many wood companies around the world have adopted eco-friendly practices in order to receive the eco-certification; however, it is unlikely that United States wood companies will do the same for several reasons.

First, due to the high levels of advertising American consumers are exposed to they would not pay attention to the eco-certification label. Americans have lost their trust in advertising claims because of how many mediocre products have been labeled as new or improved.

Second, the costs a wood company pays to have their business examined by a certification agency will drive the prices higher than uncertified wood. The American consumer is typically motivated by price and they are more likely to purchase the cheaper, uncertified, wood product instead. Therefore American companies would prefer to keep their prices low instead of obtaining eco-certification.

Third, the claim that it always makes good business sense for American companies to keep up with the rest of the world's developments is not a convincing argument. If American wood companies marketed to a global client base it would be reasonable to argue for the eco-certification, but that is not the case. Most of the American wood business' products are sold in the United States and has a very large customer base that is satisfied with their products.

The reading passage and the lecture are both about the likelihood of the American wood companies to seek to be eco-certified and whether this would be beneficial or detrimental to their wood products. The author of the article believes that American wood companies are unlikely to adopt eco-friendly practices in order to receive the eco-certification. However, the lecturer casts doubt on the claims made in the article. He thinks that there are good reasons that American companies would want to get the eco-certification.

First of all, the author proposes that Americans would not pay attention to advertisement for an eco-certified product as there are many products in the American market advertised with false claims that they are new or improved. The lecture holds a different point of view. The speaker indicates that Americans don't treat all advertisements the same. They tend to distinguish between advertisements made by a company for its own products which might be biased and other endorsements

made by an independent consumer agency. Ameircans have more confidence in such independent consumer agencies. Hence, Americans who are interested in protecting the environment will react very favorably to products ecologically certified by a trustworthy independent international organization.

Secondly, the article states that wood companies would have to pay the certification agency to get their products eco-certified and this would lead to increase in the cost to get the product to the market. Consequently, companies would have to pass on this increase in cost to consumers making the product more expensive. According to the excerpt, American consumers would prefer the uncertified and less costly wood products over the more expensive eco-certified products. The professor in the lecture opposes this argument. He mentions that studies about how consumers make decisions showed that price would be the main factor in choosing a product only when there is big difference in price between the product and its other competitors. However, if the difference in price is less than five percent, consumers look into other factors. As a result, eco-friendly products would have appeal among American consumers as long as the price difference from the uncertified is not so big.

Finally, the author argues that most of the American wood business' products are sold in the United States and has a very large customer base that is satisfied with their products and no need to care about the international market. Nevertheless, the lecturer refutes this idea. He explains that American companies have to pay attention to the international wood business. As environmental awareness on the rise in the United States, consumers will get more and more interested in eco-certified products and if domestic companies didn't capture those customers, international wood companies would soon be competing for American consumers in the United States market.

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Transition Words or Phrases used:
consequently, finally, first, hence, however, if, look, nevertheless, second, secondly, so, in fact, as a result, first of all

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 16.0 10.4613686534 153% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 14.0 5.04856512141 277% => Less auxiliary verb wanted.
Conjunction : 12.0 7.30242825607 164% => OK
Relative clauses : 15.0 12.0772626932 124% => OK
Pronoun: 28.0 22.412803532 125% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 57.0 30.3222958057 188% => OK
Nominalization: 13.0 5.01324503311 259% => Less nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2522.0 1373.03311258 184% => OK
No of words: 459.0 270.72406181 170% => Less content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.49455337691 5.08290768461 108% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.62863751936 4.04702891845 114% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.13753327257 2.5805825403 122% => OK
Unique words: 204.0 145.348785872 140% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.444444444444 0.540411800872 82% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
syllable_count: 801.0 419.366225166 191% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.7 1.55342163355 109% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 4.0 3.25607064018 123% => OK
Article: 10.0 8.23620309051 121% => OK
Subordination: 3.0 1.25165562914 240% => Less adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 0.0 1.51434878587 0% => OK
Preposition: 1.0 2.5761589404 39% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 21.0 13.0662251656 161% => OK
Sentence length: 21.0 21.2450331126 99% => OK
Sentence length SD: 69.7609133685 49.2860985944 142% => OK
Chars per sentence: 120.095238095 110.228320801 109% => OK
Words per sentence: 21.8571428571 21.698381199 101% => OK
Discourse Markers: 6.0 7.06452816374 85% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 4.09492273731 122% => OK
Language errors: 4.0 4.19205298013 95% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 10.0 4.33554083885 231% => Less positive sentences wanted.
Sentences with negative sentiment : 6.0 4.45695364238 135% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 5.0 4.27373068433 117% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.131403172235 0.272083759551 48% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0447204759573 0.0996497079465 45% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0448637133691 0.0662205650399 68% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0889075670152 0.162205337803 55% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0302469757656 0.0443174109184 68% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 15.4 13.3589403974 115% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 41.7 53.8541721854 77% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 5.55761589404 202% => Smog_index is high.
flesch_kincaid_grade: 12.7 11.0289183223 115% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 14.56 12.2367328918 119% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 7.77 8.42419426049 92% => OK
difficult_words: 90.0 63.6247240618 141% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 13.0 10.7273730684 121% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.4 10.498013245 99% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.2008830022 116% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 73.3333333333 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 22.0 Out of 30
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