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    kadioguy is offline Key Member
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    Smile be added to the normal devotion through religion...

    As a matter of fact, if the father is a drunk and/or a poor provider, the relationship may even be strengthened because of a natural sympathy that may be added to the normal devotion through religion, propinquity, sentiment, and habit.

    (Harry Golden, "Fathers And Sons")
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    Which one does it mean? (How can I judge it?)

    1. a natural sympathy that may be added (through religion, propinquity, sentiment, and habit) to the normal devotion—i.e. 'through religion...habit' modifies 'may be added'.

    2. a natural sympathy that may be added to (the normal devotion through religion, propinquity, sentiment, and habit)—i.e. 'through religion...habit' modifies 'the normal devotion'.
    Last edited by kadioguy; 11-Sep-2017 at 17:38.
    I'm not a teacher. Please feel free to correct me. :)

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: be added to the normal devotion through religion...

    Devotion can result from religion, proprinquity, sentiment and habit. However, a father who is drunk or a poor provider may also have strong bonds caused by natural sympathy, which excuses his behaviour. Counter-intuitively, being a weaker father may cause a strong bond.

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