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Postby pdh0224 » Thu Oct 14, 2004 9:16 pm

Dear teacher,

Applied Digital's distributors overseas have achieved some highly publicized, if limited, successes.

Q : The "if" could be replaced with "although", couldn't it?

and the clause "if (it is) limited" modifies "publicized". Right?

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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 15, 2004 3:49 am

Yes and no: 'if' here does mean 'although' but the clause that, as such, it introduces, being an elliptical concessive, functions as an adverbial disjunct to the relative matrix clause.

In short, it means: '...have achieved some successes that have been highly publicized ALTHOUGH THEY ARE/HAVE BEEN LIMITED.

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