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    ostap77 is offline Key Member
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    Default Ukraine introduce why?

    "At a time when the whole world has come to the understanding that natural resources will not be an option forever, and are now trying to find new energy and ecosaving technologies, Ukraine has done little so far but introduce a simple tax against the polution of air and soil."

    My question would be, Why is it "Ukraine......introduce" not "introduced"?

    Is the definite article necessary in "come to the understanding..."? Can it be "come to an understanding that......."?

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    Default Re: Ukraine introduce why?

    1 The understanding suggests that there is only one possibility, while an understanding could be one of a number, and also often has a meaning closer to an agreement in this phrase.
    2 It's a bare infinitive.

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    Default Re: Ukraine introduce why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 The understanding suggests that there is only one possibility, while an understanding could be one of a number, and also often has a meaning closer to an agreement in this phrase.
    2 It's a bare infinitive.
    Could you be more specific regarding the use of it in this sentence?

    "I'm going to get Mary help me in the kitchen." I understand the use of it in this one.

    Ukraine did not do enough one thing. "but introduce...." How does it agree with the first part of the sentence? Is it similar to

    "She couldn't do anything about it but help him."?
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    Default Re: Ukraine introduce why?

    1 The companies have come to an understanding = they have established some sort of agreement or understanding of how they will behave to each other. However, they had options and possibilities.
    Natural resources are finite- that is not an option, but a fact. However, people have been slow to realise this, but have reached that stage.

    2 Think of it as do little but + bare infinitive

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