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Hi teachers, It is a sentence from a passage about an athlete pulling out in the competition. I can't get complete meaning in the highlighted part.
I expect that the Chisese are struggling with a perceived drift by Liu away from his collective responsibility and pride to a more individualized and narcissitic source of pride. To most, Liu was not running as an individual, he was part and parcel of a community; therefore his personal injury ought to be put aside and he should have run for the larger good, irrespective of the result.
globeandmail.com: Olympic hero's withdrawal stuns China - Comments
Words like drift by,away, from confuse me. Can you rephrase the highlighted part?
Last edited by redgiant; 18-Aug-2008 at 19:20.
Think of drift away from and by Liu as seperate sentence constituents.
... drift....... away from... - moving away from something; in this instance - the athlete's collective responsibility and pride towards representing his country.
by Liu - as a result of Liu's action.
I am not a teacher,