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    "If not" indicating in this case?

    Hey,

    "Political rulers were obsessively interested in maintaining, if not interesting, their power."

    the phrase: "if not interesting" is indicating which part in this sentence? The power or the maintaining of the power?

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    Re: "If not" indicating in this case?

    It doesn't make sense. Are you sure the second 'interesting' wasn't 'increasing'?

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    Re: "If not" indicating in this case?

    Yes. It's "interesting". But usually, if not phrase is indicating its front word, correct?
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It doesn't make sense. Are you sure the second 'interesting' wasn't 'increasing'?

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    Re: "If not" indicating in this case?

    The sentence makes no sense with "interesting". It would make sense with "increasing".

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