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    What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean in the sentence below?
    Does it mean 1 or 2? (I should think it means 2, but I'm not sure.)
    1 in the majority's opinion
    2 which will affect the majority


    This tax will soon be abolished as far as the majority is concerned.

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    #1,

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    No, I don't think so. It's a statement of fact about something that will affect the majority of the people who now pay the tax. It's not an opinion or belief shared by the majority of the people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    This tax concerning the majority will soon be abolished.

    Do you mean so?

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    I disagree. When someone says "As far as I am concerned", they refer to their opinion. The same is true about the "majority".

    See here: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/...s+is+concerned

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    The Longman Dictionary reads "used to show what someone's opinion on a subject is or how it affects them", see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/concerned Definition#3

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's a statement of fact about something that will affect the majority of the people who now pay the tax. It's not an opinion or belief shared by the majority of the people.
    I am not a teacher.

    If the tax is abolished it's abolished for everybody.

    If your interpretation were right I would expect to see something like, "This tax will soon be abolished for the majority..."

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    I'm with Barb. The tax is being abolished. For most people who pay it now. So, most people will have the "opinion" based on actual fact that the tax is gone.

    Some subset will continue to experience the tax. Their "opinion" will be that the tax exists.

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    I am not a teacher.

    Is this a hypothetical situation or is it a real tax that you know about?

    A tax is abolished or it isn't. If some people will continue to pay it after its abolition then I don't think you can talk about abolishing it. That would be amending it, or changing some method of determining who is subject to it.

    "This tax will soon be abolished as far as the majority is concerned" is talking about something in the future that is not yet the case. It could easily mean that as far as the majority is concerned it will soon be abolished.

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    Re: What does 'as far as the majority is concerned' mean?

    @ Matthew: The Longman Dictionary reads "used to show what someone's opinion on a subject is or how it affects them", seehttp://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/concerned Definition#3

    Yes, good citation.

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