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    #1

    not taxed

    This sentence is taken from Collins:
    Institutions of learning are not taxed but nor are they much respected.

    In the Chinese Translation of the Collins Dictionary this sentence is translated into something like 'Schools are not blamed (or accused) but are not respected either.

    I suspect that the phrase 'are not taxed' means 'do not need to pay tax' rather than 'are not blamed/accused'. Am I right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: not taxed

    I guess we would have to know the context, but it can mean accuse:

    1 tax

    make a charge against or accuse; "They taxed him failure to appear in court"


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    Re: not taxed

    It is odd that the two elements (1) whether an institution pays government tax or not and (2) whether it is held in respect by people, should be juxtaposed, and so contrasted. Hence, it is more likely that 'not taxed' means 'not accused', 'not censured' as failing in some way.

    It would have been simpler for them to write, 'not disparaged'

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