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    Default Please make me understand the following complex sentence

    I'd choke if I didn't talk, perhaps like Sage Narada of our epics, ]who for all his brilliance and accomplishments carried a curse on his back that unless he spread a gossip a day, his skill would burst].

    The above complex sentence was copied from the book 'Talkative Man' written by R.K.Narayan ji.

    Here, how does 'for all his.. back' befitting the given sentence given its position in the sentence both grammaticaly and logically? Also Please explain the meaning of it.

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    Default Re: Please make me understand the following complex sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I'd choke if I didn't talk, perhaps like Sage Narada of our epics, ]who for all his brilliance and accomplishments carried a curse on his back that unless he spread a gossip a day, his skill would burst].

    The above complex sentence was copied from the book 'Talkative Man' written by R.K.Narayan ji.

    Here, how does 'for all his.. back' befitting the given sentence given its position in the sentence both grammaticaly and logically? Also Please explain the meaning of it.

    Thanks,
    Kiran
    Grammatically, it is, initially, a subordinate (adjectival) clause: a relative clause adding extra information about Sage Narada.

    In terms of meaning, carrying something on one's back is normally associated with bearing a burden, a hinderance. In this case, a need to spread gossip.

    However the collocation skill (would) burst is quite strange. We don't usually speak of skill "bursting". Maybe disappearing, or fading, but not bursting.

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    Default Re: Please make me understand the following complex sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Grammatically, it is, initially, a subordinate (adjectival) clause: a relative clause adding extra information about Sage Narada.

    In terms of meaning, carrying something on one's back is normally associated with bearing a burden, a hinderance. In this case, a need to spread gossip.

    However the collocation skill (would) burst is quite strange. We don't usually speak of skill "bursting". Maybe disappearing, or fading, but not bursting.
    Thank you for your prompt response..

    So, 'for all his brilliance and accomplishments' is an adjectival clause? and what is the subject of verb 'carried'?

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    Default Re: Please make me understand the following complex sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Thank you for your prompt response..

    So, 'for all his brilliance and accomplishments' is an adjectival clause? and what is the subject of verb 'carried'?
    I see:

    who (......) carried a curse on his back
    .

    as the relative clause: who being the (relative pronoun) subject of carried.

    The preposition phrase:

    for all his brilliance and accomplishments

    provides a contrast:

    Sage Narada, regardless of all his brilliance and accomplishments (still) carried a curse on his back.....

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