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    Does "the epidemic was having on the family, work and social lives" mean "the epidemic was having serious impact on the family, work and social lives"?

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    Bertrand has been working in the HIV field for almost 20 years, and first became involved in
    the response to the epidemic at grass roots level in the early 1990s. While working at the
    Alliance Francaise in Auckland, New Zealand, Bertrand was motivated to volunteer in HIV
    prevention programmes in Auckland’s gay community by the disastrous consequences that
    he saw the epidemic was having on the family, work and social lives of men and women
    living with HIV in the local area.

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    Yes.

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    What has De got to do with anything?

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    Re: De

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What has De got to do with anything?

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    Of course I've followed the rule. It was just an accident. A gadget fell unexpectedly and hit the Enter and caused this regardless my futile effort to edit the title - you know this forum is different to others: once submitted, no title editing will be allowed.

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    Re: De

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Does "the epidemic was having on the family, work and social lives" mean "the epidemic was having serious impact on the family, work and social lives"?

    Context:

    Bertrand has been working in the HIV field for almost 20 years, and first became involved in
    the response to the epidemic at grass roots level in the early 1990s. While working at the
    Alliance Francaise in Auckland, New Zealand, Bertrand was motivated to volunteer in HIV
    prevention programmes in Auckland’s gay community by the disastrous consequences that
    he saw the epidemic was having on the family, work and social lives of men and women
    living with HIV in the local area.
    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Yes.
    I think you're being rather over-permissive. The noun is there; it's 'consequences'. It could be argued that this is a near-synonym for 'impact's, but 'disastrous' is not a synonym of 'serious'. Besides, 'having serious impact' is not a phrase I would expect to meet (in Br Eng, at least). The epidemic was having/making a serious impact.

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    Last edited by BobK; 18-Apr-2012 at 15:50. Reason: tweak format

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