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    "debates this fundamental"

    Dear teachers,

    In reading a foreign policy essay I come across this passage:

    "[...] For the first time in 70 years, the American people have elected a president who disparages the policies, ideas, and institutions at the heart of postwar U.S. foreign policy. No one knows how the foreign policy of the Trump administration will take shape, or how the new president
    s priorities and preferences will shift as he encounters the torrent of events and crises ahead. But not since Franklin Roosevelts administration has U.S. foreign policy witnessed debates this fundamental. [...]".

    I don't quite understand the last sentence. Does it mean that "the Us foreign policy had not witnessed such radical debates since the time of FR's administration?". The problematic chunk for me is "debates this fundamental".

    Thank you in advance!


    Last edited by teechar; 11-Feb-2017 at 22:55. Reason: enlarged font and fixed several spelling mistakes

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    Re: "debates this fundamental"

    But not since Franklin Roosevelts administration has U.S. foreign policy witnessed debates this fundamental.

    US foreign police has not seen debates that are as fundamental as the current debates since FDR's asministration.

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    Re: "debates this fundamental"

    Yes Enrico, your analysis is correct.
    "debates (that are) this fundamental"

    [cross-posted with Piscean]

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