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    No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Good afternoon,

    I was reading something, and I came across the following line:

    "No such barrier exists, I came to understand, save in man's spiritual unadventurousness."

    I am not able to make make sense of the line. Could any of you please make me understand?

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    Re: Meaning of the sentence, and how is the sentence formed?

    Assuming you don't understand 'save', it means 'except' according to http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...british/save_3
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    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

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    Hello, Kiran:

    1. I believe that the commas indicate that "I came to understand" is parenthetical, i.e., it is an unnecessary remark that has been "thrown" into the sentence.

    2. So we should concentrate on "No such barrier exists, save in man's spiritual unadventurousness."

    a. I am not a very good reader, but this is how I interpret that sentence.

    i . There is no barrier.

    ii. Some people, however, are NOT very adventurous in their spiritual thoughts.

    a. Thus, they think there is a barrier (where none actually exists).

    b. "adventurousness" = willing to take chances.

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    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Kiranlegend, I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some or all of the words you are querying.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Having read the explanation in post#3, I thought up the following sentence:

    'I came to understand that such a barrier does not exist except in the imagination of those who are not very adventurous in their spiritual thoughts.'
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 25-Aug-2016 at 14:51. Reason: Added an article according to the post below.
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    #6

    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'I came to understand that such barrier does not exist
    'No such barrier' is fine, but we'd use 'a' before 'barrier' in your sentence.

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    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Noted. Thanks all.

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    Re: No such barrier exists, I came to understand

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I was reading something ...
    In future, please tell what you were reading and where, and the name of the author, if known.

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