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    Quite the contrary.

    A sentence, taken from a book I am reading, does not make sense to me.” Such beliefs have not arisen through the advance of science. Quite the contrary. What science has done has been to remove the supports from under the early casual assumptions as to the existence of other intelligence.”

    From the book:” Extraterrestrial civilizations” by Issac Asimov.


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    Such beliefs have not arisen through the advance of science. Quite the contrary. What science has done has been to remove the supports from under the early casual assumptions as to the existence of other intelligence.
    This is my reading:
    Science has never strengthened beliefs in the existence of extraterrestial life (without decisive evidence). On the contrary, it weakened support by refuting unlearned and subjective arguments based on casual assumptions.

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    Re: Quite the contrary.

    Thanks for your comment,but, the confusion for me is simple, "quite the contrary" has a capital letter and ends with a period, there is no verb, so why is this a sentence?

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    Re: Quite the contrary.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon..J View Post
    Thanks for your comment,but, the confusion for me is simple, "quite the contrary" has a capital letter and ends with a period, there is no verb, so why is this a sentence?
    I’ve found these examples in Cobuild Concordance and Collocations Sampler. Apparently, it can be used as a separate sentence to contrast ideas.

    …interests of the ordinary people. Quite the contrary. Though the Endara government…

    …sort of make it a Christmas tree. Quite the contrary - they have decided to stay back and let the…

    It's solitary, quiet and slow - quite contrary to my nature, which is probaby why I enjoy…

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    Re: Quite the contrary.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon..J View Post
    Thanks for your comment,but, the confusion for me is simple, "quite the contrary" has a capital letter and ends with a period, there is no verb, so why is this a sentence?
    You're right: it's not a sentence. It's a sentence fragment. You'll come across them often. Like this. The best authors have used sentence fragments. Even Shakespeare and Dickens.
    But learners should avoid this until they understand that they are actually doing it.

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