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    "He took a long, satisfied drag. It wasn’t that the noxious weed made the troubled leader feel better, it simply made him feel better about himself; and what could become a difficult situation if he were not president for life."

    I do not understand how the last subordinate clause is linked to the main clause: did it make him feel better also about this difficult situation? Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: an odd subordinate clause

    did it make him feel better also about this difficult situation?


    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: an odd subordinate clause

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    "He took a long, satisfied drag. It wasn’t that the noxious weed made the troubled leader feel better, it simply made him feel better about himself; and what could become a difficult situation if he were not president for life."

    I do not understand how the last subordinate clause is linked to the main clause: did it make him feel better also about this difficult situation? Thank you in advance.
    The semicolon after "himself" does not belong there.

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    Default Re: an odd subordinate clause

    But there is a semicolon in the original author's text!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    But there is a semicolon in the original author's text!
    I can't help that.

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    Default Re: an odd subordinate clause

    Please, could you be a bit more talkative. I am not a native English speaker, so I can hardly appreciate your wit. Instead I'd like to understand the meaning of the sentence I've asked about and what is wrong (if so) with it. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Please, could you be a bit more talkative. I am not a native English speaker, so I can hardly appreciate your wit. Instead I'd like to understand the meaning of the sentence I've asked about and what is wrong (if so) with it. Thank you.
    I wasn't trying to be witty. Earlier in the thread, Probus explained the relationship of the last part of the sentence to the first part. I simply pointed out that the semicolon didn't belong there. If the semicolon appeared in the original text, it was incorrect there also.

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    Default Re: an odd subordinate clause

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    "He took a long, satisfied drag. It wasn’t that the noxious weed made the troubled leader feel better, it simply made him feel better about himself; and what could become a difficult situation if he were not president for life."

    I do not understand how the last subordinate clause is linked to the main clause: did it make him feel better also about this difficult situation? Thank you in advance.
    There are political tensions. This man is, or wants to be, president for life, and that is being threatened, so it's a bad situation, and he's probably a bad man.
    So, he has a smoke. This make him feel better about himself, and also about the future of the country if it came about that he was not going to be president for life. In other words, he worries less about himself and the future. (I don't understand why this doesn't make him feel better).
    I also think 'satisfied' should be 'satisfying', in relation to the drag.

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    Thank you very much, Raymott. It's an ideal answer I could only dream about :). Really thank you.

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