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    #1

    3 issues in 1 sentence.

    Hello everybody!
    14 of Europe’s best young high tech companies descended on Barcelona to compete in the final of the Eurecan European Venture Contest with the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies winning the class for ‘best cleantech company’ and coming a close second to the overall event winner.

    The fragments I am especially interested in are marked in bold type.

    I understand the sentence, including the fragments in bold, as follows:

    14 of Europe’s best young high tech companies arrived in/came to Barcelona to compete in the final of the Eurecan European Venture Contest and the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies won the class for ‘best cleantech company’ and came a close second to the overall event winner.

    What is the meaning of "the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies came a close second to the overall event winner"?

    Does it mean that the company was the runner-up to the winner who was the best in all fields of the event?

    Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: 3 issues in 1 sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Hello everybody!
    14 of Europe’s best young high tech companies descended on Barcelona to compete in the final of the Eurecan European Venture Contest with the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies winning the class for ‘best cleantech company’ and coming a close second to the overall event winner.

    The fragments I am especially interested in are marked in bold type.

    I understand the sentence, including the fragments in bold, as follows:

    14 of Europe’s best young high tech companies arrived in/came to Barcelona to compete in the final of the Eurecan European Venture Contest and the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies won the class for ‘best cleantech company’ and came a close second to the overall event winner.

    What is the meaning of "the Norwegian firm RPR Technologies came a close second to the overall event winner"?

    Does it mean that the company was the runner-up to the winner who was the best in all fields of the event?

    Thank you.

    Your paraphrases of the original are all correct. They show that you understood the sentence.

    In answer to your question, we do not know if the overall winner was the best in all fields. All we know is that they won the total event.

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    #3

    Re: 3 issues in 1 sentence.

    What is the meaning of "to come a close second to something" and what is meant by overall event winner?

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    Re: 3 issues in 1 sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    What is the meaning of "to come a close second to something" and what is meant by overall event winner?
    "To come a close second" means that the person/team in second place was not far behind the winner. They were close to winning but did not quite manage to win.
    "The overall event winner" is the person/team who won the entire competition.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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