Amid growing fears the disaster was caused by an explosive device.

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Morecoffee

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All flights to Sharm el Sheikh have been suspended indefinitely in light of the Egypt plane crash, amid growing fears the disaster was caused by an explosive device on board.
Hello,teachers. This is from Yahoo News.

I don't understand the second part of the sentence.
I feel that growing fears is a noun phrase and "the disaster was cause by ...." modifies it.
If so, why does the writer use comma before amid?
what does the whole "amid growing fears the disaster was...." modify?

Thank you so much
 
  • srk

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    English - US
    All flights to Sharm el Sheikh have been suspended indefinitely in light of the Egypt plane crash, amid growing fears [that] the disaster was caused by an explosive device on board.
    The sentence beyond the comma tells you what concerns led to the suspension of flights. The flights were suspended in a climate of fear, i.e., amid growing fears.

    The comma prevents a misunderstanding of the function of "amid." Without the comma, the reader might be misled into thinking that "amid" will point to information about where the airplane crashed. (... the Egypt plane crash amid palm trees and sand dunes.)
     
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