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    problem understanding VOA news

    A passage from VOA news"
    "Many attendees openly wept. At a ceremony outside the Pentagon, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, acknowledged the pain that lingers 10 years after the attacks. "No music can assuage, no tongue can express, no prayer alone may dampen the yearning that must fire yet inside you. Lives ended in this place. Dreams were shattered," he said.
    Mullen added that terrorists could bring down walls, but not America, that they could kill citizens, but not Americans' citizenship. He noted that the September 11 attacks did not go unanswered. "America's military ventured forth as the long arm and clenched fist of an angry nation at war. And we have remained at war ever since, visiting upon our enemies the vengeance they were due," he said."
    I have problem understanding the sentences in blue,Can someone explain them?
    thanks a lot!

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    "No music can assuage, no tongue can express, no prayer alone may dampen the yearning that must fire yet inside you.

    You want to see your loved ones again. No music will make you feel better. No words can really say what you feel. No simple prayers can make you feel better. None of these things will get rid of that longing to have them with you again.


    America's military ventured forth as the long arm and clenched fist of an angry nation at war.

    The American military can travel far and is strong and represents and angry nation.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: problem understanding VOA news

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "No music can assuage, no tongue can express, no prayer alone may dampen the yearning that must fire yet inside you.

    You want to see your loved ones again. No music will make you feel better. No words can really say what you feel. No simple prayers can make you feel better. None of these things will get rid of that longing to have them with you again.


    America's military ventured forth as the long arm and clenched fist of an angry nation at war.

    The American military can travel far and is strong and represents an(d) angry nation.
    So yearning here refers to yearning to see loved ones again?OK, look at this sentence, "that must fire yet inside you." what does fire mean? does it mean the yearning is very strong? and what does yet mean here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    So yearning here refers to yearning to see loved ones again?OK, look at this sentence, "that must fire yet inside you." what does fire mean? does it mean the yearning is very strong? and what does yet mean here?
    'Fire' means 'burn'; 'yet' here carries the meaning of 'still'.

    The language is deliberately rhetorical/poetic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'Fire' means 'burn'; 'yet' here carries the meaning of 'still'.

    The language is deliberately rhetorical/poetic.
    But when 'yet' carried the meaning of 'still' ,as far as far I undertstand,it is mostly used in negative statements or questions .

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    Re: problem understanding VOA news

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    But when 'yet' carried the meaning of 'still' ,as far as far I undertstand,it is mostly used in negative statements or questions .

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    (1) I believe that you are 100% correct: "yet" is used mostly in the negative and in

    questions. E.g., here is a famous line from our national anthem: O say, does that

    star-spangled banner yet wave, / o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    (2) But as Teacher Fivejedjon reminded us learners, it can also be used in affirmative

    sentences.

    (a) I found this example in the reliable Random House Webster's Unabridged

    Dictionary (2001):

    " He came here on a vacation 20 years ago, and he is here yet."

    (b) Here are some examples from Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the

    English Language (1952):

    While it was yet morning.

    I hear him yet.

    Silver is a yet better electrical conductor.

    (3) Maybe "yet" in affirmative sentences is a bit more elegant than the

    simple "still."

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