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    The sentence:

    History is a hill or high point of vantage, from which alone men see the town in which they live or the age in which they are living.

    My book says the "or" above is used to indicate a synonymous expression. IMO, it is the most typical one used to indicate an alternative.

    Which interpretation is correct?

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    The book is correct -- "hill" and "high point of vantage" convey the same meaning here.

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    Not that one, Francois. The one indicated by boldface.

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    I agree with you for the bold one, then. Could the book refer to the 1st instance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I agree with you for the bold one, then.
    OK. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Could the book refer to the 1st instance?
    I don't think so. It says in its Japanese translation "that is, the age in which they are living", which I don't think makes sense.

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    I don't think it is right either. I can see the link between the place and the time, but I think they are meant as alternatives here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I don't think it is right either. I can see the link between the place and the time, but I think they are meant as alternatives here.
    Thank you, tdol. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why LOL??

    Did I say something wrong?

    Hopefully, I didn't. :wink:

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    No- I meant it as a friendly face.

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