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    nyggus is offline Key Member
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    Question If rather neglected

    From Jane Walsh, "Not like this":

    "It was a pleasant room whose windows looked out on to a large if not neglected part of the grounds."

    The if not neglected fragment is what I can't fully understand. Any help?

    Nyggus

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    Default Re: If rather neglected

    It's not a good sentence as it stands . Your header reads "if rather neglected", whereas the text says "if not neglected" - is there a mistake somewhere?

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    Default Re: If rather neglected

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    From Jane Walsh, "Not like this":
    "It was a pleasant room whose windows looked out on to a large if not neglected part of the grounds."
    The if not neglected fragment is what I can't fully understand. Any help?
    Nyggus
    possibly not neglected part of the grounds

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    Default Re: If rather neglected

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It's not a good sentence as it stands . Your header reads "if rather neglected", whereas the text says "if not neglected" - is there a mistake somewhere?
    Indeed, sorry!!! It should be as the header says:
    "It was a pleasant room whose windows looked out on to a large if rather neglected part of the grounds."
    What's going on with this "if rather neglected"?

    Nyggus

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    Default Re: If rather neglected

    Ah, that's better! It means that the large garden was not being cared for, so its grass was a bit long, and the bushes are shaggy, and the beds have weeds in them.


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    Question Re: If rather neglected

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Ah, that's better! It means that the large garden was not being cared for, so its grass was a bit long, and the bushes are shaggy, and the beds have weeds in them.

    As I get it, what you wrote means "if rather neglected"? Can you use an if-rather construction with other words?

    Thanks a lot!
    Nyggus

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