Perhaps the passive structure of the original sentence was hidden because the grammatical subject did not come first.
It is further complicated by the inherent negative "nowhere else was so much importance" meaning "it was not as important anywhere else."
People in New England attached more importance to intellectual pursuits than people in the rest of Colonial America did.
Make it passive: More importance was attached to intellectual pursuits in New England than anywhere else in Colonial America.
Add that negative: Nowhere else in Colonial America was more importance attached to intellectual pursuits.
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.
Last edited by notletrest; 16-Feb-2012 at 08:58.
2.Accoding to your explanation,” Nowhere else in colonial America (i.e. nowhere but in New England) -----But I don't know
why you should before New England put "in"
,because nowhere can be either an adverb or a noun,which means no existent place. If we regard nowhere as an adverb ,as you did, the original sentence is right, if we take nowhere for a noun, it is wrong.So I think the sentence is between right and wrong.