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    if imperfect ones

    Dear friends,

    "The search for foreign investment opportunities engendered imperialism and set the stage for war. There are parallels, if imperfect ones, to the modern economy".

    What is the meaning of the phrase "if imperfect ones"? I think "ones" refers to parallels, but I can't understand the meaning of the whole phrase.

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    Re: if imperfect ones

    parallels = similar situations
    imperfect ones = imperfect parallel ones = similar situations, but not exactly the same as the previous ones

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    Re: if imperfect ones

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    parallels = similar situations
    imperfect ones = imperfect parallel ones = similar situations, but not exactly the same as the previous ones
    Thanks! I understand what you've explained, but I still don't understand the original phrase in bold. What does the author want to say by "if imperfect ones"?

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    Re: if imperfect ones

    if = but
    There are similar, but not exactly identical, situations happening with today's economy.

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    Re: if imperfect ones

    milan, please state the source of any text you quote.

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    Re: if imperfect ones

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks! I understand what you've explained, but I still don't understand the original phrase in bold. What does the author want to say by "if imperfect ones"?
    One possible alternate way to write that:
    "although they are flawed".

    The presence of "if" is what I suspect is throwing you. You could rewrite the whole thing in a way that makes its presence clearer:

    "Even if they are imperfect, parallels to the modern economy do exist".

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