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    There have been people out there who love me because of my father; there are people out there who hate me because of my father. I've had to learn to understand either side is not based in a reality that I can use as an anchor for who or what I am."

    Can you help me to understand the underlined sentence?

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    #2

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    Where did you find this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where did you find this?
    Trudeau is no dynast who slipped effortlessly into a family political machine. He did not even enter politics until 18 years after his father gave it up. He built his own team of advisers, mostly from his generation. And at key points in his career, he chose the more difficult roads.
    Talking of what his family connections have done for his political career, Trudeau said, "There have been people out there who love me because of my father; there are people out there who hate me because of my father. I've had to learn to understand either side is not based in a reality that I can use as an anchor for who or what I am."

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    #4

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    OK, that's the rest of the paragraph but the question was "Where did you find it?" We would like to know the name of the author and the publication.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

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    Sorry, I don't know the author. It is just an article in a local English newspaper intended for high school English learners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Sorry, I don't know the author. It is just an article in a local English newspaper intended for high school English learners.
    Then the answer to Rover's question could be, for example, timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Justin-Trudeau-son-of-a-Canadian-leader-follows-his-own-path-to-power/articleshow/49477259.cms
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    Now that you have found the source of the article, can you finally help me understand the underlined sentence? Does it mean that the new prime minister has to rely on himself to become who he is.

    Thanks!

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    #8

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    Broadly, yes. But it looks as though the rewrite for students has introduced an area of doubt. The Times of India quoted Trudeau as saying this:

    There have been people out there who love me because of my father; there are people out there who hate me because of my father," he said. "I've had to learn to not entirely disregard that, but understand that either side of those is not based in a reality that I can use as an anchor for who or what I am.
    The pedagogue rewriter wanted to avoid to not entirely disregard that, but understand that, and wrote 'understand either side' which is ambiguous.

    Also, Trudeau was speaking, so the thinking behind the speech is not meticulous. He doesn't try to base his behaviour on a belief that his father was either all good or all bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Last edited by emsr2d2; Today at 16:04. Reason: Fixed hyperlink
    Thanks. I couldn't get that ****ing thing to work. What did I do wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There have been people out there who love me because of my father; there are people out there who hate me because of my father," he said. "I've had to learn to not entirely disregard that, but understand that either side of
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    those is not based in a reality that I can use as an anchor for who or what I am.
    What does 'those' refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    What did I do wrong?
    You omitted http:// from the URL.
    I am not a teacher.

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