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    Hi everbody,
    What is the structure of the following underlined part? And why this type of structure is used?
    "Just as much of a problem is insudtrial waste."
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    Default Re: Structure

    I am not a teacher.

    The sentence is inverted from "Industrial waste is just as much of a problem." The subject can be construed to be "industrial waste", with "problem" as the predicate nominative even in the inverted form. You might do that to introduce a new problem, at the start of a paragraph, for instance, because in English the most important word comes last.

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    Default Re: Structure

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Hi everbody,
    What is the structure of the following underlined part? And why this type of structure is used?
    "Just as much of a problem is insudtrial waste."
    thanks.
    The missing clue, and part of the meaning, is outside the sentence.
    It might read, "Air pollution is a huge problem. Just as much of a problem is industrial waste." Industrial waste is as much of a problem as air pollution. It's a comparative.

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