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    Question So that...

    "So that, what with the songs, the processions, Squealer's list of figures, the thunder of the gun, the crowing of the cockerel, and the fluttering of the flag, they were able to forget that their bellies were empty, at least part of the time."

    Don't get the whole construction of the sentence: "So that, what with a, b, a, and d, they were able to forget [...]" Any help?

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    Re: So that...

    It is saying that:
    Because there is a, b, c and d happening, they were able to forget "that their bellies were empty".
    "a, b, c and d" were distracting them from the fact "that their bellies were empty"

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    Re: So that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall View Post
    It is saying that:
    Because there is a, b, c and d happening, they were able to forget "that their bellies were empty".
    "a, b, c and d" were distracting them from the fact "that their bellies were empty"
    I think I get it. Is this comma between that and what at the beginning of the sentence required? Had it not been there, would have the meaning remained the same?

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    Re: So that...

    If you omit the comma, then omit "what" as well, and it will read fine.

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