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    Dear teachers,

    (From the middle-class family perspective, much of this, understandably, looks far less like an opportunity to exercise more financial responsibility, and a good deal more like a frightening acceleration of the wholesale shift of financial risk onto their already overburdened shoulders. )


    What is the logical subject of "exercise more financial responsibility", the government or the middle-class family?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: What is the logical subject

    In addition, here does "understandably" mean "sth. can be understood, comprehensible" or "sth. seems normal and reasonable"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: What is the logical subject

    The subject is 'much of this', which refers back toi something earlier in the text. I imagine that the government has made a change that will affect middle class families and this is what is being referred to.
    'Understandably' means that the writer can sympathise with and understand the concerns of the families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Dear teachers,

    (much of this looks far less like an opportunity to exercise more financial responsibility, and a good deal more like a frightening acceleration of the wholesale shift of financial risk onto their already overburdened shoulders. )
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    Sorry, I think "much of this" is the subject of the sentence, but it is not the logical subject of "exerciese". A thing can't "exercise", only a person (the government or the middle class family" can "excercise". Right? Since I'm not familiar with the background knowledge. I can't figure out "who" exercise more financial responsibility. Or could you paraphrase "much of this looks far less like an opportunity to excercise more financial responsility"?

    A million thanks.

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    Default Re: What is the logical subject

    If the thing is a law from the government, then it will not itself exercise greater financial responsibility but, more likely, will impose on obligation on people to behave more responsibly.

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