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    #1

    the family's gift

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    The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift. (Source: munificence)

    I know it means "The museum's collection was greatly increased by the generosity of the family's gift". But what does "the family gift" mean? Does it mean "The family has received gifts from others and donated them to the museum?" I know it's wrong to guess the meaning of a sentence without exra context. I want to learn how to use the word "munificence" and I found this sentence. Please help.

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    Re: the family's gift

    The family gifted some objects to the museum. How they acquired them is irrelevant.

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    #3

    Re: the family's gift

    "The family's gift" is the item donated by the family. There is no indication of the origin of the gift, so there is no need to guess where it came from.
    As for the word "munificence", I think it is not a common word. I prefer to use words like "generosity" or "magnanimity".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Nov-2019 at 09:43. Reason: fixing typo
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: the family's gift

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "The family's gift" is the item donated by the family. There is no indication of the origin of the gift, so there is no need to guess where it came from.
    As for the word "munificence", I think it is not a common word. I prefer to use words like "generosity" or "magnanimity".
    Do you mean that there was only one item? If so, I have some questions. If there was only one item the family donated, why was the collection of the museum greatly increased?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Nov-2019 at 09:43. Reason: fixing typo in the quote

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    Re: the family's gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The family gifted some objects to the museum. How they acquired them is irrelevant.
    Hi, Rover. I wonder if you can rephrase this sentence, I still don't understand.

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    Re: the family's gift

    I assume the family donated more than one item because '... the collection greatly increased'.

    It doesn't matter how the family came to own the objects.
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    Re: the family's gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I assume the family donated more than one item because '... the collection greatly increased'.

    It doesn't matter how the family came to own the objects.
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    Oops, it's my fault.

    The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift.
    I was trying to ask you to rephrase this sentence. But after reading your explanation many times, I want to try to understand it again.

    The museum's collection was greatly increased because the family donated many gifts to it.

    Is my rephrase close to the original meaning?

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    Re: the family's gift

    Yes, but it would be closer if you added 'generously' before 'donated'.

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