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    then only it could be said to be

    If after full comprehension Brahman was found to be related to some injunction, then only it could be said to be supplementary to action.
    (Brahma Sutras; According to Sri Sankara by Swami Vireswarananda)

    Would you be so kind to explain to me how it should be read:

    1. [then only] it ... = [only then] ...
    2. then [only it] ...

    (I'd go for 1.)

    Does it solely depend on context and not on word order?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by suprunp; 06-Aug-2013 at 09:07.

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    Re: then only it could be said to be

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    If after full comprehension Brahman was found to be related to some injunction, then only it could be said to be supplementary to action.
    (Brahma Sutras; According to Sri Sankara by Swami Vireswarananda)

    I suppose it should be read as follows: [then only] it could be said to be = [only then] it could be said to be.

    Would you be so kind to tell me whether I'm right?

    Thanks.
    It should read "... only then could it be said to be ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: then only it could be said to be

    As I told you before, suprunp, the text you are reading is a poor translation from Hindi into English. It won't help you to improve your English.

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    Re: then only it could be said to be

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    As I told you before, suprunp, the text you are reading is a poor translation from Hindi into English. It won't help you to improve your English.
    I agree. It seems to be so riddled with poor English that you actually need someone to translate the translation. I would either find another translation (a better one) or read this one but bear in mind that much of it will be badly written. If you're interested in the topic, then great, keep reading but don't use it to help your English study.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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