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    question!

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    What we see in the real world is the product of our own will and choice. In the cinema we have to accept the point of view given to us. The making of a film requires the choice of a viewpoint which controls what is shown on the screen, thus limiting our normal freedom to survey what is in front of us, to select and examine what catches our attention or interest

    (a) Which is the subject of "limiting", "the making of a film" or "a viewpoint"?

    (b) About "to select and examine what catches our attention or interest", is that a restatement of "to survey what is in front of us", or just juxtaposed to "to survey..."?

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    Re: question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    The sentence:

    What we see in the real world is the product of our own will and choice. In the cinema we have to accept the point of view given to us. The making of a film requires the choice of a viewpoint which controls what is shown on the screen, thus limiting our normal freedom to survey what is in front of us, to select and examine what catches our attention or interest

    (a) Which is the subject of "limiting", "the making of a film" or "a viewpoint"?

    (b) About "to select and examine what catches our attention or interest", is that a restatement of "to survey what is in front of us", or just juxtaposed to "to survey..."?

    Taka
    "Limiting" is not used as a main verb in that sentence. It is a verbal, called a present participle, which is often used as a modifier. In my opinion, the entire phrase including and following "limiting" is an adverbial participial phrase, which modifies the verb "controls".

    I see "to select...interest" as a restatement/redefinition of the first. It also could be seen as an additional infinitive phrase modifying "freedom".

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    Re: question!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    "Limiting" is not used as a main verb in that sentence. It is a verbal, called a present participle, which is often used as a modifier. In my opinion, the entire phrase including and following "limiting" is an adverbial participial phrase, which modifies the verb "controls".
    OK. I understand.


    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I see "to select...interest" as a restatement/redefinition of the first. It also could be seen as an additional infinitive phrase modifying "freedom".
    Even if it's an additional infinitive phrase modifying "freedom", don't you think it's still some sort of additionally restated infinitive phrase of the first one?

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    Re: question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    I see "to select...interest" as a restatement/redefinition of the first. It also could be seen as an additional infinitive phrase modifying "freedom".
    Even if it's an additional infinitive phrase modifying "freedom", don't you think it's still some sort of additionally restated infinitive phrase of the first one?
    Yes, I do. :wink:

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    Re: question!

    OK. Arigato!

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    Re: question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    OK. Arigato!
    Arigato! :wink:

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    Re: question!

    FYI, "You're welcome" in Japanese is "Doh itashimashite". :wink:

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    Re: question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    FYI, "You're welcome" in Japanese is "Doh itashimashite". :wink:
    Thanks, Taka. :wink:

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