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    Question what does this sentence mean?

    Hi, guys.

    Richard Roundtree was so well known for the part that he was chosen to play few other roles in the 1980s and 90s.
    Thatís because the movie casting director believed that moviegoers could not see him as anyone other than John Shaft.

    These are two sentences I extracted from VOA special english program. The one I under-lined got me confused. I don't understand what it sands for? not a clue...

    Could someone tell me what it means in an more easily-understood way?

    Thank you.

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    It means that film directors believed that people who go to see films had become so accustomed to seeing him play the role of John Shaft that they could not imagine him playing any other role. For that reason, film directors were reluctant to give him any other roles to play.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael lee View Post
    Hi, guys.

    Richard Roundtree was so well known for the part that he was chosen to play few other roles in the 1980s and 90s.
    That’s because the movie casting director believed that moviegoers could not see him as anyone other than John Shaft.

    These are two sentences I extracted from VOA special english program. The one I under-lined got me confused. I don't understand what it sands for? not a clue...

    Could someone tell me what it means in an more easily-understood way?

    Thank you.
    The first sentence desperately needs a comma after "part".

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It means that film directors believed that people who go to see films had become so accustomed to seeing him play the role of John Shaft that they could not imagine him playing any other role. For that reason, film directors were reluctant to give him any other roles to play.
    Thank you. What you answered help me a lot.
    It you don't mind, I have an another question for you. It's not related to the previous one.

    ...had become so accustomed to seeing him...

    It's a peice of you answer. I don't understand why you add up "doing" after "to" here. Is it some kind of grammar rule?
    Thanks

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The first sentence desperately needs a comma after "part".
    May I ask you why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lee View Post
    May I ask you why?
    At the moment, it is tempting to read the first part as "Richard Roundtree was so well known for the part that he was chosen to play ..." which would lead you to expect that the next word would be "that". However, "the part" refers back to a previously mentioned example of "John Shaft" so in fact it should read "Richard Roundtree was so well know for the part (the part of John Shaft), that he was chosen to play few other roles".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael lee View Post
    Thank you. What you answered help me a lot.
    It you don't mind, I have an another question for you. It's not related to the previous one.

    ...had become so accustomed to seeing him...

    It's a peice of you answer. I don't understand why you add up "doing" after "to" here. Is it some kind of grammar rule?
    Thanks
    We "become/grow/are accustomed to verb+ing something".

    I have grown accustomed to swimming in rivers.
    He has grown accustomed to wearing high heels when he dresses as a woman.
    We have become accustomed to seeing politicians wearing suits.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael lee View Post
    May I ask you why?
    emsr answered your question well. A comma will prevent people from stumbling as they read the sentence. I had to read it twice to get the real meaning.

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    At the moment, it is tempting to read the first part as "Richard Roundtree was so well known for the part that he was chosen to play ..." which would lead you to expect that the next word would be "that". However, "the part" refers back to a previously mentioned example of "John Shaft" so in fact it should read "Richard Roundtree was so well know for the part (the part of John Shaft), that he was chosen to play few other roles".
    Thank you for anwsering my question. But I still don't follow you.
    I have seen the word "that" appeared in other sentences many times, but there is no comma before "that".
    e.x.
    Why continue to use a term that is no longer officially meaningful?

    I can't tell the different usage between these sentences. I got confused. Again.

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    Re: what does this sentence mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We "become/grow/are accustomed to verb+ing something".

    I have grown accustomed to swimming in rivers.
    He has grown accustomed to wearing high heels when he dresses as a woman.
    We have become accustomed to seeing politicians wearing suits.
    The sample sentences explained everything clearly. Thank you.

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