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    than many times the Japanese Ambassador?

    Hello, teachers.

    Here is one of the letters to the editor about an editorial opinion in the Washington Post.

    The letter says, "I suggest that the Virginia General Assembly consider voting to retain the name "Sea of Japan" in Virginia textbooks but include in such a books a footnote worded something like: 'On Jan. 22, 2014, for the first time in Virginia history, a Japanese ambassador visited Richmond to conguratulate the state's newly inaugurated governor and to urge him and state legislators not to change this body of water's name to the East Sea, lest economic relations with Japan be damaged.' Such ..."

    Then, to this letter, the following comment was sent:

    Havingsaid that, American textbooks would be covered in such footnotes due to the countries trying to change them with more enthusiasm
    than many times theJapanese Ambassador.

    I don't understand the "red-colored" part.
    Is "than many times the Japanese Ambassador" grammatical?

    Would you help me with this?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

    Last edited by yamyam; 05-Feb-2014 at 02:15.

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    Re: than many times the Japanese Ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post

    Havingsaid that, American textbooks would be covered in such footnotes due to thecountries trying to change them with more enthusiasm
    than many times theJapanese Ambassador.

    I don't understand the "red-colored" part.
    Is "than many times the Japanese Ambassador" grammatical?

    Would you help me with this?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

    No, it's not grammatical. In general, letters to the editor are a litany of grammatical errors.
    I think what the poster means is that some people are many times more enthusiastic than the Japanese ambassador and that, if a footnote is conceded to the ambassador, footnotes would have to be added to satisfy all these more enthusiastic petitioners.

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    Re: than many times the Japanese Ambassador?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello, teachers.

    Here is one of the letters to the editor about an editorial opinion in the Washington Post.

    The letter says, "I suggest that the Virginia General Assembly consider voting to retain the name "Sea of Japan" in Virginia textbooks but include in such a books a footnote worded something like: 'On Jan. 22, 2014, for the first time in Virginia history, a Japanese ambassador visited Richmond to conguratulate the state's newly inaugurated governor and to urge him and state legislators not to change this body of water's name to the East Sea, lest economic relations with Japan be damaged.' Such ..."

    Then, to this letter, the following comment was sent:

    Havingsaid that, American textbooks would be covered in such footnotes due to thecountries trying to change them with more enthusiasm
    than many times theJapanese Ambassador.

    I don't understand the "red-colored" part.
    Is "than many times the Japanese Ambassador" grammatical?

    Would you help me with this?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help.

    yam.

    Not only is the grammar confusing, the entire issue is confusing. As far as I know, Japan favors retaining the name "Sea of Japan". It seems to be North and South Korea that want the name changed. Why would economic relations with Japan be damaged? What does this have to do with the Commonwealth/State of Virginia?

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