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    Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    Does anyone help me with this sentences?

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    That the psychopharmacological journal had already published the findings of the clinician’s experiment rendered moot any prior misgivings she had regarding the validity of her control group.
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    he Green colored represents subject. The Red colored represents verb. The brown colored represents object.
    My question is why do we use moot instead of moots?

    2)To the unschooled, the music of Bach, at once intensely personal because of the simplicity of its melodies and inaccessible because of contrapuntal complexity, can seem the product of two distinct composers.

    What's that mean at once intensely personal?

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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    1) "Rendered" is the verb, not "moot".

    2) "at once..." -- the use of "at once" seems very strange to me as a native. I would have just said "intensely personal..." to explain that the music creates a lot of emotion when listening to it regardless of who is listening.

    Hope that helps
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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    not a teacher

    To the unschooled, the music of Bach, at once intensely personal because of the simplicity of its melodies and inaccessible because of contrapuntal complexity, can seem the product of two distinct composers.

    Here, "at once" means "simultaneously", "at the same time".
    The example is saying that Bach's music can seem to be intensely personal because of the simplicity of its melodies, while at the same time appearing inaccessible because of its contrapuntal complexity.


    Here is a similar usage on fraze-it.com, from the Guardian newspaper:
    "A book about a world that is at once bafflingly alien and surprisingly familiar".

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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    Thanks for the help.
    but may I ask just one more question?
    What does ''moot any prior misgivings she had'' mean? I just feel if I take off the ''moot'', the sentence looks better. I sure I'm wrong

    thanks again!
    Quote Originally Posted by [URL="https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/members/356250-allenman"
    allenman[/URL];1166867]1) "Rendered" is the verb, not "moot".

    2) "at once..." -- the use of "at once" seems very strange to me as a native. I would have just said "intensely personal..." to explain that the music creates a lot of emotion when listening to it regardless of who is listening.

    Hope that helps
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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    thanks for the help

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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by xuzheng View Post
    Thanks for the help.
    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

    It is particularly annoying to have to correct the grammar.

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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by xuzheng View Post
    but may I ask just one more question?
    What does ''moot any prior misgivings she had'' mean? I just feel if I take off the ''moot'', the sentence looks better. I am sure I'm wrong

    thanks again!
    **** I am not a teacher ****

    I hope you don't mind me asking - do you understand the meaning of 'moot' here? It means "having no relevance" ( it is not relevant).

    "rendered" means - "cause to be or become; make"

    So, together "rendered moot" means "made it not relevant (anymore)".

    Therefore, the meaning of the first sentence is - "Because the psychopharmocological journal had already published the findings of the clinician's experiment, any prior misgivings ("a feeling of doubt about the outcome or consequences of something") she had regarding the validity of her control group became irrelevant."

    I hope you can see why you cannot remove "moot" from the sentence.
    Last edited by Olympian; 04-Jul-2015 at 04:49. Reason: provided correction in the quoted text

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    Re: Please look it up. struggling with these sentences.

    Quote Originally Posted by xuzheng View Post
    Does Can anyone help me with this these sentences?


    What's that What does mean "at once intensely personal" mean?
    Note my corrections above, marked in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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