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    #1

    of a former legislator and businessman

    Hello,

    Please explain to me the following sentence.

    "That resulted in the executions of a former legislator and businessman and of a deputy mayor."

    Does this mean that a former legislator who is a businessman and a deputy mayor are killed?

    why are there "of" in front of a former legislator and deputy mayor but not in front of businessman?

    Thanks


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    Re: of a former legislator and businessman

    "That resulted in the executions of a former legislator and businessman and of a deputy mayor."

    Does this mean that a former legislator who is a businessman and a deputy mayor are killed?
    Yes, that's the way I would interpret it. Otherwise, it would read "That resulted in the executions of a former legislator, a businessman, and a deputy mayor." Oh, and they were killed.

    why are there "of" in front of a former legislator and deputy mayor but not in front of businessman?
    That's yet another clue that the former legislator and the businessman are the same person. By using of with former legislator and with deputy mayor but NOT with businessman, the author is sending you a signal that the word businessman is being added in reference to the former legislator. He's in effect telling you that each distinct person on the list merits his own of. There are only two people on the list, thus only two ofs.

    Hope this is clear.

    Greg

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