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    It's largely the impact

    I don't understand the sentence structure of the underlined part.
    I guess the meaning is that the impact is so large that makes NHS under such intense pressure.

    "It's largely the impact of this new variant that means the NHS is under such intense pressure."
    (Coronavirus: UK variant 'may be more deadly by James Gallagher)
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    Re: It's largely the impact

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    I don't understand the sentence structure of the underlined part.
    It's a cleft sentence.
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/gra...we-got-married
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/l...rnitv149.shtml

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    I guess the meaning is that the impact is so large that makes it puts the NHS under such intense pressure.
    No. "largely" means "mainly".
    The sentence means:
    The main reason the NHS is under such pressure is the impact of the new strain.
    Last edited by teechar; 23-Jan-2021 at 13:57.

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    Re: It's largely the impact

    It means that the new variant is one of the main reasons why the NHS is under intense pressure.

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    Re: It's largely the impact

    Does "means" mean "result in" in that sentence?
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    Re: It's largely the impact

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    Does "means" mean "result in" in that sentence?
    Loosely, yes. The new variant is one of the things that is resulting in the NHS being under such intense pressure. (Note the use of the continuous there.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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