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    Question Lost of

    What is the "lost of" meaning sentence below?

    "Islamic State forces in Syria are threatening to cut a crucial road, the loss of which could spark panic and the exodus of several million refugees from government areas, joining the four million who have already fled."

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    Re: Lost of

    It means that if they cut the road, people will no longer be able to travel down it- they will have lost access to it.

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    Re: Lost of

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mr. Schopenhauer:

    You have already received the answer.

    I believe that we can diagram it like this:

    "Certain forces are threatening to cut a crucial road, the loss of that crucial road could cause unpleasant consequences."

    In other words, it is an elegant way to combine two sentences:

    "Certain forces are threatening to cut a crucial road."
    "The loss of that crucial road could cause unpleasant consequences."

    As you know, "which" is a relative pronoun. It is a pronoun and it "relates" to the word "road."

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