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    Please help me with simple English!

    Please help me to understand this sentence with simple English! Would be a great help!

    We know too much about low common denominators and promotion rackets in a field which includes comic strips, magazine covers and advertising, the shapes and colors of ten cent store articles, the staples of radio and juke box music, movie stereotypes and the prevailing automobile design and architectural stereotypes.

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    Re: Please help me with simple English!

    It is a rather obscure passage, and I suspect it was not written by a native speaker of English.

    "low common denominators." I think the author is referring to the fact that when one seller reduces the quality of his merchandise, other sellers tend to do likewise.

    "promotion rackets." These are attempts to sell products by means of misleading promises of benefits, when in fact a buyer is unlikely to receive any benefit. Entries in a raffle are a common form of promotion racket. Buy this and you could win an all expense paid vacation for two to whatever place.

    "We know too much about." I think the author means something like "we are all too well aware of", because we have all experienced these things frequently.

    And lastly the author goes on to bemoan the fact that these evils of marketing affect everything from cheap disposable everyday objects, "ten cent store articles", all the way up to expensive consumer durables like cars, and even the style of buildings.
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    Re: Please help me with simple English!

    Dear Probus, Thanks for the kind and impressive answer... This is an excerpt from a scholarly article by Lenox Grey. The language used here is far too complicated, and i have to translate this into my language exactly with the accurate sense. Thnaks again.. Keep in touch!!!

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    Re: Please help me with simple English!

    Thanks.

    There's no need for you to post a thank you message. Just hit the like button.
    Last edited by probus; 03-Apr-2013 at 06:59.

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    Re: Please help me with simple English!

    Done already!

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