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    What is your interpretation of the following paragraph?

    I need someone to help me to define the meaning of the word "en masse" in the following context:

    "the initial aim of internment during the later conflict was to identify and intern those who posed a particular threat to the safety or defence of the country. As the war progressed, however, this policy changed and Japanese residents were interned en masse "

    Which of the following interpretations is correct?


    1. the initial aim of internment during the later conflict was to identify and intern those who posed a particular threat to the safety or defence of the country. As the war progressed, however, this policy changed and Japanese residents were interned together
    2. the initial aim of internment during the later conflict was to identify and intern those who posed a particular threat to the safety or defence of the country. As the war progressed, however, this policy changed and all Japanese residents were interned


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    Re: What is your interpretation of the following paragraph?

    Welcome to the forum, timeoutbleh.

    In this context, I'd take 2 to have the intended meaning.

    Please note that a better title would have been en masse.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: What is your interpretation of the following paragraph?

    Knowing history, 2 is indeed the correct meaning.

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    Re: What is your interpretation of the following paragraph?

    Note that they weren't Japanese residents. They were, in fact, American citizens who were descendants of Japanese immigrants.


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