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    (1) it (2) sell

    1. Under Napoleon the French were not able to organize an adequate supply system, and it was a major cause of the failure of their invasion of Russia.

    BOOK: " it" denotes the noun phrase "an adequate supply system", so "an adequate supply system
    was a major cause of the failure of their invasion of Russia ", and it is obvious that the sentence is logically wrong.
    ME: In my opinion, " it" denotes the green part, so I think it is a right sentence.

    " it" really puzzled me!





    2. Published in 1899, "Maple Leaf Rag" was an instant hit, selling several hundred thousand copies in 6 months: it helped establish Scott Joplin as the preeminent ragtime composer.
    ME: "Maple Leaf Rag" is a composition, so I feel "sold" but not "selling" should be used. I really cannot
    understand why the sentence is right.


    Can teachers help me? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: (1) it (2) sell

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    1. Under Napoleon the French were not able to organize an adequate supply system, and it was a major cause of the failure of their invasion of Russia.

    BOOK: " it" denotes the noun phrase "an adequate supply system", so "an adequate supply system
    was a major cause of the failure of their invasion of Russia ", and it is obvious that the sentence is logically wrong.
    ME: In my opinion, " it" denotes the green part, so I think it is a right sentence.
    'This' would refer to the words in green, but 'it' is messy; it does appear to denote only 'the adequate supply system'.
    2. Published in 1899, "Maple Leaf Rag" was an instant hit, selling several hundred thousand copies in 6 months: it helped establish Scott Joplin as the preeminent ragtime composer.
    ME: "Maple Leaf Rag" is a composition, so I feel "sold" but not "selling" should be used.
    It's correct as it is. 'Selling' is active in meaning, 'sold' passive: "Maple Leaf Rag was an instant hit, sold by booksellers all over the country. That it's a composition is irrelevant.

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    Re: (1) it (2) sell

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'This' would refer to the words in green, but 'it' is messy; it does appear to denote only 'the adequate supply system'.
    Thank you for doing me the great favor!
    Ah... ... "it" is really different from "this".

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's correct as it is. 'Selling' is active in meaning, 'sold' passive: "Maple Leaf Rag was an instant hit, sold by booksellers all over the country. That it's a composition is irrelevant.
    Thank you for your explanation, but I cannot yet understand the sentence.
    What's the meaning of "Maple Leaf Rag" here? Scott Joplin but not music and compositions? What was an instant hit?
    (In my understanding, I incline to agree that "Maple Leaf Rag" denotes Scott Joplin, but I'm not sure.)
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 28-Oct-2013 at 13:16.

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    Re: (1) it (2) sell

    "Maple Leaf Rag" is the name of the piece of music composed by Scott Joplin. The published copies of the sheet music sold well.

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    Re: (1) it (2) sell

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "Maple Leaf Rag" is the name of the piece of music composed by Scott Joplin. The published copies of the sheet music sold well.
    Thank you!
    Yes, the piece of music is really very good.
    Then I asked some Chinese and they helped me and recommended a website about Oxford.
    So, I got the accurate meaning of "sell" here.
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