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    awkward sentence

    The following sentence has been taken from a post of Azar grammar exchange. This sentence is too hard for me, I can not understand the meaning of this sentence.

    " East of Suez, some hold, the direct control of Providence ceases; Man being there handed over to the power of the Gods and Devils of Asia, and the Church of England Providence only exercising an occasional and modified supervision in the case of Englishmen."

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    Re: awkward sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nazmul Hassan View Post
    The following sentence has been taken from a post of Azar grammar exchange. This sentence is too hard for me, I can not understand the meaning of this sentence.

    " East of Suez, some hold [some believe], the direct control of Providence [the Christian God and the good that God provides] ceases; Man being there handed over [there in the Middle East being given] to the power of the Gods and Devils of Asia, and the Church of England Providence only exercising an occasional and modified supervision in the case of Englishmen."
    What is a post of Azar grammar exchange?

    There are some missing words or punctuation problems there, but I'm not going to try to sort them out.

    Some people think that the Christian God does not rule the Middle East, eastern gods do, and that the English God protects only the English in the Middle East - and does a poor job of it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: awkward sentence

    Thanks Charlie Bernstein. You are really great.

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    Re: awkward sentence

    You're right, but please answer Charlie's question and note that a better title would have been East of Suez, some hold.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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

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