[Grammar] Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative.

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Hello all,

A: Can stress be good?
B: Well, sometimes, yes. Stress in moderation is normal and not always negative. Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.

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1)Does the underlined part mean "stress in moderation is not always negative"?

2)Does bold part mean "when they are close to a deadline"?
It is a bit confusing.
 

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1) Yes

2) No, it means "when they operate close to a deadline".
 

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Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.
I've marked the two conditions the sentence says people may experience in blue. Does that clarify it?
 

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Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or close to a deadline.

Are "under stress" and "close to a deadline" adverbial phrases?
I couldn't find collocation "to operate close to a deadline". But, I found "to operate under/with a deadline" ? Can we use those too?

Some people believe that they are more productive and effective when they operate under stress or with/under a deadline.
 

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'Under stress' is an adverbial prepositional phrase. 'Under' is a preposition there.
'Close to a deadline' is an adverb phrase. 'Close' is an adverb there.
 
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