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a question about the meaning of a sentence

Post by ultramarine » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:43 am

Hello!
Recently I read a sentence that I don't understand: "That largely reflected the wishes of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who is hemmed in by antipathy among taxpayers back home to propping up profligate Greeks and others." (here is the link of the whole article http://www.economist.com/node/18396144)
My understanding is that taxpayers back home have antipathy towards Merkel because she propped up profligate Greeks and others, is that correct? If so, why use "to" before "prop up" instead of "for"? If not, could you
explain it ? Thanks very much!

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Re: a question about the meaning of a sentence

Post by Joe » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:45 pm

That largely reflected the wishes of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who is hemmed in by antipathy [among taxpayers back home] to propping up profligate Greeks and others.

The antipathy is not towards Merkel but towards (or "to") [the] propping up [of] profligate Greeks...
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Re: a question about the meaning of a sentence

Post by ultramarine » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:58 pm

Joe wrote:That largely reflected the wishes of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who is hemmed in by antipathy [among taxpayers back home] to propping up profligate Greeks and others.

The antipathy is not towards Merkel but towards (or "to") [the] propping up [of] profligate Greeks...
Now i understand.Thanks so much!

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Re: a question about the meaning of a sentence

Post by sanjaySinha » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:16 pm

Hello,
"A group of words, which gives a particular sense, call Sentence".
A sentence is a group of words giving a complete thought. A sentence must contain Subject and a Verb (although one may be implied).

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