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    Cool Everyone else made a much bigger deal out of the fact that

    Given the following sentence

    "He was a happy kid and everyone else made a much bigger deal out of the fact that he is half white and half black"

    What does it mean?

    Context is about a story where the sister of a marriage's wife dies leaving a biracial kid. His father is out of the picture but the marriage, several wife's relatives and several father's ones take care of the boy. The last ones are black, and the first ones are white. Differences as for the way of living and way of thinking come evident but that is not a problem at all for raising the kid properly.

    And then comes this sentence. I have a problem to detect who are this "everyone else". The story is told by the marriage's husband. So when he says "everyone else" is he referring to everyone else from the two families, or everyone else away from them?

    Taking into account that there was not any essential problem in the relationship between the two families, the second part of the sentence seems to indicate the biracial fact generated some difficulties, which has not sense between the two families.

    Is the sentence saying that other people, not the families, talked a lot about the boy's biracial fact which was unimportant for the families?

    Is it not significant that the two concepts (child is happy and everyone else made a bigger deal) are linked by "and" and not by "but"? Despite this "and" the sentence seems to oppose the firts concept againts the second one

    Thank you for your patience and help.
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    Re: Everyone else made a much bigger deal out of the fact that

    If you use "much bigger deal", we need to know "bigger than what". It's a comparative. You could say something like "... and many people made a big deal of the fact that he was ...".

    You have misused the word "marriage" in your opening paragraph. Do you mean "a married woman" or "a wife"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Everyone else made a much bigger deal out of the fact that

    Thanks for your concern. I think that the sentence might be implying "much bigger deal than us" (families don't pay attention to the biracial factor), but the text doesn't say anything linked to "bigger" correlatively .

    Marriage in my text is for matrimony. I thought it was possible to use marriage for matrimony too. "Marriage's wife: the wife from this matrimony."

    Maybe in English it is not required to specify "marriage/matrimony" saying the word wife. Is it a pleonasm?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you use "much bigger deal", we need to know "bigger than what". It's a comparative. You could say something like "... and many people made a big deal of the fact that he was ...".

    You have misused the word "marriage" in your opening paragraph. Do you mean "a married woman" or "a wife"?
    Last edited by Bushwhacker; 27-Mar-2015 at 17:58.

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