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    What Does "Has no special claim to" Mean?

    Hi, dear teachers:

    Scientists are understandably irritated when philosophers announce that, beyond the stark fact that it usually receives special attention, contemporary science has no special claim to attention.
    I presume that "has no special claim to attention" means "has no special right to claim attention"?? or "does not claim for attention"?? Which one is correct?

    I myself tend to think the first one is the correct one. Or it'd be very difficult to understand the logic of this sentence.

    Thanks in advance.

    Respectfully,
    Jailbird

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    Re: What Does "Has no special claim to" Mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by VividJailbird View Post
    Hi, dear teachers:



    I presume that "has no special claim to attention" means "has no special right to claim attention"?? or "does not claim for attention"?? Which one is correct?

    I myself tend to think the first one is the correct one. Or it'd be very difficult to understand the logic of this sentence.

    Thanks in advance.

    Respectfully,
    Jailbird
    Dear Jailbird:

    Yes, 'has no special right to (make a) claim (to) attention.'

    Also, it is very often helpful to teachers replying to a post to know the first language of the person posting. If you would let us know what your native language is, it would be appreciated.

    All best wishes,

    Petra


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    Re: What Does "Has no special claim to" Mean?

    Hi, Petra. Thank you. I've revised my profile as suggested:)

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    Re: What Does "Has no special claim to" Mean?

    Dear Jailbird:

    Many thanks!!

    Petra

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