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    laid end to end

    If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.


    Does this quip mean that most economists think completely differently?

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    Re: laid end to end

    Yes- if you made a line consisting of every economist, you would not reach (or come close to) a conclusion.

    PS The sentence is negative about economists and not praising them.

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    Re: laid end to end

    It's not uncommon to say something like "If all the iPads that have been made were laid end-to-end, they would reach the moon." You do this to emphasize the great number of something. It's a play on the word "reach" -- reaching a destination, or a conclusion.
    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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