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    #1

    admit being without words

    Please help me understand the following in bold in easy English?

    1. It is difficult for a writer to admit being without words, but that is precisely the case when I try and express what the project of writing this book has meant to me.

    2. Dr. Decosterd's expertise in human behavior, the brain, and learning applied to a leader's personal best is a refreshing and powerful combination.

    In the above, what does "applied" modify, learning or expertise? And please explain what the part in bold means.

    Thank you.


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    Re: admit being without words

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Please help me understand the following in bold in easy English?

    1. It is difficult for a writer to admit being without words, but that is precisely the case when I try and express what the project of writing this book has meant to me.

    To admit is to acknowledge something, often regretably. The writer is acknowledging that he has nothing to say about his project.

    2. Dr. Decosterd's expertise in human behavior, the brain, and learning applied to a leader's personal best is a refreshing and powerful combination.

    In the above, what does "applied" modify, learning or expertise? And please explain what the part in bold means.

    I read it as a reduced relative clause:

    ... and learning (which is) applied to a leader's personal best...

    Under my reading, applied to a leader's personal best is a complement. It describes the type of learning which the Dr studies.



    Thank you.
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