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    "this" - backreference

    Hi,

    From wikipedia :

    The term "pharmakos" later became the term "pharmakeus" which refers to "a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or a sorcerer."[4] A variation of this term is "pharmakon" (φάρμακον) a complex term meaning sacrament, remedy, poison, talisman, cosmetic, perfume or intoxicant.[5] From this, the modern term "pharmacology" emerged.[6]

    Does the underline part of the sentence refers back to pharmakos or pharmakeus ?


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    Re: "this" - backreference

    I would say it refers back to the variation "pharmakon".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "this" - backreference

    Hi,
    I'm sorry, now I'm even more confused.
    The pharmakon is a variation of some term, "this term" in the text, and I'm not sure whether the term is pharmakos or pharmakeus.
    Unless I'm asking a wrong question.

    Cheers

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    Re: "this" - backreference

    I'm quite sure ems meant phamakos, the first word, and made a little mistake when typing it.
    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: "this" - backreference

    I actually misread the question. I thought the OP was referring to "From this, the modern term ..." at the end. I completely failed to notice the bold, underlined section which also contained the word "this"!

    So - to answer the actual question, I think it refers back to "pharmakos" as Barb said.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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