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    What does the sentence mean?

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean? Particularly the bold part.


    Yet few world-class rivers anywhere have etched a more enduring impression on as many millions for as many years.


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: What does the sentence mean?

    Hi,

    The word 'millions' is referring to people. 'As many years' is a phrase which in this context means a very long time - not literally millions of years since people haven't been around for millions of years.

    Hence the sentence is saying that the river in question (the Ganges perhaps?) has made a significant impact on the peoples whose lives it has touched, for as long as there have been people to be touched by it.

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    Re: What does the sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Hi,

    The word 'millions' is referring to people. 'As many years' is a phrase which in this context means a very long time - not literally millions of years since people haven't been around for millions of years.

    Hence the sentence is saying that the river in question (the Ganges perhaps?) has made a significant impact on the peoples whose lives it has touched, for as long as there have been people to be touched by it.

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    Thanks a lot first, Richard.

    Do you think the sentence is correct? I got it for a long time and lately when I went over my notes I found out the problem.

    I think the former part, which we can't see it, is talking about some world-class rivers, and the latter part is the sentence inself. I grasp what you mean but I don't understand the sentence structure.

    Yet few world-class rivers anywhere have etched a more enduring impression on as many millions for as many years.

    Do you think the "as..as" is necessary in the sentence?

    Can you explain a bit more about it, I am sorry to pester you.

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    Re: What does the sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean? Particularly the bold part.


    Yet few world-class rivers anywhere have etched a more enduring impression on as many millions for as many years.


    Thanks a lot
    Of course there has to be a context to this sentence. We don't know what the exact context is, but we can imagine a context that will explain the sentence's meaning.

    The context is that the writer is talking about great rivers of the world and how important they have been to millions and millions of people throughout the history of mankind. Then the writer talks about one particular river, ''River X", which the sentence is about.

    Rewriting the sentence in more basic English will help you understand its meaning.

    'Yet few other great rivers have made a more lasting impression on as many millions of people for as many years as River X has made.' (= have been more important to ) (for as many years = for as long a time)

    The sentence is correct, and "as...as" is necessary because the sentence is comparing River X to other rivers.
    Do you understand the sentence now?
    Last edited by 2006; 12-Jan-2011 at 07:53.

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    Re: What does the sentence mean?

    Much clearer, thanks a lot, 2006.

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