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    is 'cause' adjective here?

    I find difficulties in understanding the function of 'cause' in the following sentence: The relatively proximate cause representational aspects of human behaviorthat show, tell or teachthe appropriate behavioral repertoires all facilitate the emergence ofsocial environment and culture. I'm not sure I understand the meaning of the sentence. Please help me. Thank you.

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    Re: is 'cause' adjective here?

    I'm not sure anyone understands the meaning of that sentence.

    Yes, I believe "proximate cause" is to be thought of as one item and it does function as an adjective to describe "aspects."

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    Re: is 'cause' adjective here?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I'm not sure anyone understands the meaning of that sentence.
    It's easy! it means ... um... er ...; Then again, it could be ... .

    OK, you're right.

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    Re: is 'cause' adjective here?

    Give the right people $120,000 and 4 years of your life and you, too, can write sentences like these!
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 18-Apr-2012 at 19:35.

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    Re: is 'cause' adjective here?

    Does anyone wonder why I think academic writing is utter crap if your goal is to cmmunicate ideas (instead of the goal of showing off how smart you think you are)?
    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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    Re: is 'cause' adjective here?

    Quote Originally Posted by vredes View Post
    The relatively proximate cause of representational aspects of human behavior that show, tell or teach the appropriate behavioral repertoires all facilitate the emergence of social environment and culture.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    May I gently ask whether you accidentally forgot to type "of" after "cause"? IF you did, then "cause" is a noun:

    The relatively proximate (immediate) cause of representational aspects ....

    On the other hand, if there is no "of," I apologize and will delete this post ASAP.

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