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    Attach meaning

    Dishes eaten at Chinese New Year carry great significance, as does the way a Burns Night supper is presented. But these are not the only meals which represent something to diners and the reasons we attach meaning are as myriad as the food itself.

    It seems odd that a small parcel of tasty filling encased in a light dough wrapper can represent so much.

    But the jiaozi dumpling symbolises prosperity to diners, who traditionally sit down for a family feast on the eve of Chinese New Year. It also means wealth when the dumpling is crescent shaped, like the gold ingot once used in ancient China as money.

    Chinese chef Ching-He Huang says the centuries-old "lucky" food traditions come from superstitions about feeding the spiritual world, legends and history.
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    Dishes eaten at Chinese New Year carry great significance, as does the way a Burns Night supper is presented. But these are not the only meals which represent something to diners and the reasons we attach meaning are as myriad as the food itself.

    Is the above grammatically correct?

    The words 'the reasons we attach meaning are as myriad as the food itself' doesn't make sense to me.

    There are several reasons.

    So it is fine to say 'the reasons are ... '

    What is 'attach meaning' ?

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    Re: Attach meaning

    The reasons [that] we attach meaning (meaning = noun) [to food] are myriad ...

    Does that help?

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