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    broken up

    It is hard to imagine that the merger of a few oil firms today could re-create the same threats to competition that were feared nearly a century ago in the U.S., when the Standard Oil Trust was broke up." ( ret 218)
    May I ask:1. "Can you find out the reason why the Standard Oil Trust was broken up is because the Amrericans forced it to break up, only from the text?"
    2.Can you know what the reason is?
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    Re: broken up

    You can get the idea that it posed a greater risk to competition than today's mergers, but whether that is sufficient is unclear.

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    Re: broken up

    If that is the ONLY sentence you have, then no.

    It's possible to believe, for example, that the Board of Directors broke it up, and the regulators and industry simply sighed in relief, as their fears about threats to competition would now be alleviated.

    It does NOT say who broke it up, nor that the US government required it to break up.
    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: broken up

    I agree with both teachers.
    Thank you indeed!

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