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    How to paraphrase this?

    Original Sentence:
    Some Muslims say they still believe that US soilders abused copies of the Islam holy book in a bid to get terrorist suspects to talk.

    Paraphrased:
    1) Some Muslims say they still believe the reason why US soilders abused copies of the Islam holy book is because they want to get terrorist suspects to talk.

    (They have already accepted it as a fact, which of course is not the case.
    And what really is at issue is the reason for US soilders's doing so. )

    2) Some Muslims say they still believe US soilders actually abused copies of the Islam holy book.

    (The thing in question is whether or not US soilders did abuse copies of the book.)



    So my question is: what is this sentence trying to tell us about? what message does the writer want to communicate? What role does the phrase 'in a bid to ...' play? Is it merely complementary?

    Any reply will be fully appreciated.

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    #2

    Re: How to paraphrase this?

    Your meaning #2 is the author's intended meaning. (The Muslims believed the event actually happened) In this case the phrase in a bid to... means in an attempt to...

  2. #3

    Re: How to paraphrase this?

    Thanks, mykwyner! But is this sentence capable of meaning otherwise?
    If we put it into another context where the #1 meaning seem to fit, should this sentence be still so arranged? If not, how should we change it so that readers can derive meaning #2?
    Thanks!

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