a major issue to the motion picture association of american

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LQZ

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Hollywood also faces competition from illegally copied movies a major issue to the motion picture association of american .The trade group estimated more then eighteen billion dollars in wordwide losses from the piracy in 2005.
Guys,

Can I think the chunk in red is a parenthesis? Because it refers to the entire clause "Hollywood also faces competition from illegally copied movies". But my classmate said it is a modifier. I am confused about it. Thanks.


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  • Harry Batt

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    USA English
    The rule is, "Use parenthesis sparingly." Here is a case that might lie between parenthesis, but better punctuation would be to separate it with a comma.
     

    entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    Yes, it's a supplement or parenthesis, and it needs a comma. Its arguable what exactly it's attached to - you could say it was attached to the single word 'competition' - but it certainly isn't modifying 'competition' the way 'from illegally copied movies' is.
     
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