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    The following line is from a newspaper. Could someone help me to understand the meaning of the last part of this sentence. I am not sure what it means by "they make let alone purchase products from North America"


    However, the truth is the products are going to the low-wage areas of the world where workers cannot even afford the products they make let alone purchase products from North America.



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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post

    However, the truth is [that] the products are going to the low-wage areas of the world where workers cannot even afford the products they make, let alone purchase products from North America.
    A bit of punctuation helps.

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Thanks for the quick replay.

    "Let alone" refers to?

    who purchase products from north america?


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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    It means that the workers cannot afford the goods they manufacture, much less/or even buy imported goods.

    "let alone" is a conjunction with the meanings of "Or even"; "much less"; "to say nothing of".

    He could not care for his wife, let alone [or even] his children

    They cannot afford to buy new clothes, let alone [or even/much less] new shoes.

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