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    the harsh discipline of military training and ideological indoctrination

    The members of the new commune carried on with their farm work while they submitted to the harsh discipline of military training and ideological indoctrination.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    Is it possible to read it in two ways:

    1) the harsh discipline of military training and [the harsh discipline of] ideological indoctrination.
    2) [they submitted to] the ideological indoctrination and harsh discipline of military training.

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    Re: the harsh discipline of military training and ideological indoctrination

    Yes, it is.

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    Re: the harsh discipline of military training and ideological indoctrination

    Which is the most probable reading, or is it a matter of personal preference?

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    Re: the harsh discipline of military training and ideological indoctrination

    For me, the second one. But I'm sure my opinion is not universal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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