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    electronic brain & legal hell?

    1. "'What's the Inheritance Act?' Piggy asked, as Aaron went to tidy up the confusion Dancer invariably caused even the simplest electronic brain."

    Quite not sure what the underlined part is trying to say?

    2. What does "legal hell broke loose" mean? Why using "hell"?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: electronic brain & legal hell?

    1 = try again, using 'caused to <NP>'; 'even the <superlative-adj.>' is a fixed expression. The writer was overwhelmed by his own rhetorical flourish: what he meant was 'even the most advanced' - so I'm not surprised that you found this hard to make sense of! )

    2 This expression is based on a quotation from Paradise Lost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 'All Hell broke loose'. Milton meant Hell as a real place (real, that it, in his allegory); but in current usage it just means 'everything went badly wrong'.

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    Re: electronic brain & legal hell?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    1 = try again, using 'caused to <NP>'; 'even the <superlative-adj.>' is a fixed expression. The writer was overwhelmed by his own rhetorical flourish: what he meant was 'even the most advanced' - so I'm not surprised that you found this hard to make sense of! )

    2 This expression is based on a quotation from Paradise Lost - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 'All Hell broke loose'. Milton meant Hell as a real place (real, that it, in his allegory); but in current usage it just means 'everything went badly wrong'.

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    Many thanks for your reference.

    But I don't get it "try again" in your reply for the first question.
    Is the sentece in question saying Dancer always has problem using a computer (even the most advanced), and Aaron helps hime tidy up the disorder?

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    Re: electronic brain & legal hell?

    Quote Originally Posted by iemmahu View Post
    Many thanks for your reference.

    But I don't get it "try again" in your reply for the first question.
    Is the sentece in question saying Dancer always has problem using a computer (even the most advanced), and Aaron helps hime tidy up the disorder?
    I meant, try to understand again, using the words "cause to" rather than the more difficult 'cause + <indirect object>'.

    It's hard to interpret this piece without context;'even the most simple electronic brain' may be OK, if this is a fantasy or sci-fi piece. In a possible imagined world, robots with electronic brains might do things; one programmed to do only one thing would have a 'simple electronic brain'. 'Dancer' (whoever or whatever Dancer is) has given such a robot instructions that have caused it to malfunction.

    This is reminiscent of the old line: 'To err is human... but if you want to make a real mess, use a computer' (based on Pope's Quote Details: Alexander Pope: To err is human,... - The Quotations Page )

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