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    structure of the sentence

    Could you please explain to me the structure of the sentence below, particulary I am interested in "...were it not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe" part. Thank you in advance.

    A popular figure such as Michael Jackson would never be so well known were it not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe.

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    Re: structure of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Could you please explain to me the structure of the sentence below, particulary I am interested in "...were it not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe" part. Thank you in advance.

    A popular figure such as Michael Jackson would never be so well known were it not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe.
    A popular figure such as Michael Jackson would never be so well known if it was (were it) not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe.
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    Re: structure of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    A popular figure such as Michael Jackson would never be so well known if it was (were it) not for the media's extensive reach into every society on the globe.
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    I also transformed the sentense like that, but in this case as well I am not sure that I completely understand the meaning.

    I would say that it means : ...if the media didn't have so extensive reach into every society on the globe.

    But structure like "it was (were it) not FOR the media's..." seems to me a little bit strange

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    Re: structure of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    I also transformed the sentense like that, but in this case as well I am not sure that I completely understand the meaning.

    I would say that it means : ...if the media didn't have so extensive reach into every society on the globe.

    But structure like "it was (were it) not FOR the media's..." seems to me a little bit strange
    Were it not... = If it was not...
    Longman's
    "if it wasn't/weren't for somebody/something
    also if it hadn't been for somebody/something
    used to say who or what prevents or prevented something from happening.
    For example, If it hadn't been for you, I should have drowned."

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    Re: structure of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    Were it not... = If it was not...
    Longman's
    "if it wasn't/weren't for somebody/something
    also if it hadn't been for somebody/something
    used to say who or what prevents or prevented something from happening.
    For example, If it hadn't been for you, I should have drowned."
    In which Longman's textbook did you find it? (it is for future references)

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    Re: structure of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    In which Longman's textbook did you find it? (it is for future references)
    Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English.

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