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    meaning of a sentence

    Please refer to the following sentence.

    'That sort of ostentatious patriotism is the behavior of newly assembled nations that fear that the bonds that hold them together are weak and must be reinforced.'

    This is not an excerpt, which means I can't offer a full context.

    The verb 'fear' in the sentence makes me confused. I understand 'fear' could mean 'worry' in this sentence. So it is read; the nations worry that the bonds are weak. But the next clause, I think, doesn't make sense as it is read; they worry that the bonds must be reinforced.Is it okay, or much better to replace 'fear' with 'feel' or 'figure'?
    Please get across this sentence to me.

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    not a teacher

    The new nations are worried about the whole situation in which "the bonds are weak and must be reinforced".
    In other words, the two clauses describe a single, complex situation about which they are anxious.
    The terms "feel" and "figure" don't convey the same sense of anxiety.

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