Что сказал Кейт. Ответы на вопросы. Вопрос 1. The difference between “maximal” and “maximum”?
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I think “maximal” implies ‘as much as possible within given constraints’, while “maximum” implies ‘the most under any conditions’. They are to some extent interchangeable. Note that “maximum” is a common word in everyday speech, while “maximal” is a bit more technical.
The use of the word “side”, e.g. “The Chinese side are paying close attention to this large-scale project”.
I regard “the Chinese side” as being a group of people, hence the verb “are”. “Is” could also be correct: it depends on whether we want to put an emphasis on “the Chinese side” as an entity in itself (“is”), or on the individuals that comprise it (“are”).
The original test had “The Chinese party….”. I must admit that “party” is always a difficult word for me to deal with. It doesn’t seen right as it is, as it carries a very strong connotation of a political party.
In some ways I would prefer to be less vague and use a term like “negotiators”, “officials”, etc., but that might be more specific than the author intended. So “side” is a bit of a compromise, an I am nor altogether happy with it.