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    widespread in the west of the country

    1-That religion is widespread in the west of the country, among people of Italian descent.


    Would this mean:
    a-That religion is widespread in the west of the country, that is to say among people of Italian descent. (They are the ones who live in the west of the country)
    or:
    b-That religion is widespread in the west of the country among people of Italian descent. (Not among the other people who live there.)


    I think the sentence is ambiguous. If the meaning is 'b', then the part after the comma has been added as an afterthought and the sentence is a bit misleading.

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    Re: widespread in the west of the country

    In my opinion the meaning is b). A more natural way to express it would be "Among people of Italian descent that religion is widespread in the west of the country." I think the comma in a) is superfluous and confusing if "that is to say" is omitted.

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