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    Question Don't understand the sentence. Need paraphrasing.

    Hi.

    I'm pretty much on a level of a beginner when it comes to English, but still, I can understand what's going on in most cases. But in this instance, I'm confused, very confused.

    I'm reading a book that says:
    Being logical presupposes our having a sensitivity to language and a knack for its effective use, for logic and language are inseparable.
    I simply don't understand. What is the meaning of this sentence?

    The last part of the sentence after the comma ("... for logic and language are inseparable.") seams like completely out of context. I just don't understand.


    Can you please explain? Rephrase it, please. I'm confused.


    Thank you

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    Re: Don't understand the sentence. Need paraphrasing.

    I am not a teacher ...

    ... But in my opinion it could be, "If we want to be logical, we must have a sensitivity to language and we must know how to use the language effectively, beacuse logic and language are inseparable."

    But unfortunately, you read it out of context, because the author states more reasons to "being logical":

    "It (being logical) also presupposes our having a
    healthy respect for the firm factualness of the world in
    which we live, for logic is about reality. Finally, being logical
    presupposes a lively awareness of how the facts that are our
    ideas relate to the facts that are the objects in the world, for
    logic is about truth. In this first part of the book I will discuss
    those attitudes, points of view, and practical procedures
    whose adoption prepares the mind for a successful engagement
    with logic."

    So it is not only about logic and language, but logic and many aspects and I think the last sentence of the afore-mentioned book extract speaks volumes.
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 20-Dec-2014 at 19:00.

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    Re: Don't understand the sentence. Need paraphrasing.

    Will somebody please give the title of the book and name and author of these quotations?

    Always acknowledge the authorship of somebody else's text.

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    Re: Don't understand the sentence. Need paraphrasing.

    Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking by D.Q.McInerny.

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