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Example 1

Through body fluid, a doctor can tell if the patient has been infected by bactoria or not.

Example 2

Through collecting body fluid, a doctor can tell if the patient has been infected by bactoria or not.

Question 1

Are both examples correct?

Question 2

What is the differece with/without "collect"?

I feel that if there is a clear context, I don't need to add "collect" after the word "through".

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You are correct in your surmise. The context makes the meaning clear. But both your examples are unnecessarily clumsy sentences.

The meaning could be far better expressed by saying:

From a patient's bodily fluids, a doctor can determine whether the patient has a bacterial infection.

There is no need to say By collecting.....

The word is bacteria, not "bactoria".

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