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and enable their young people to realize their full potential

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Michael30000, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Michael30000 Senior Member

    Russian
    Hello everyone,

    From the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman.

    Let’s go through the logic of each element and see why they can add up to a national security strategy for a country like America today—starting with “amplify.” It is a truism, but one worth repeating, that disorder and the rise of super-empowered breakers on the scale that we are seeing in the Middle East and Africa is a product of failed states unable to keep up with the age of accelerations and enable their young people to realize their full potential.

    Does "and enable their young people to realize their full potential" mean and unable to enable their young people to realize their full potential?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    Chicago
    English (American)
    Yes, "unable" applies both to "keep up" and to "enable."
     
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    It is a pity that Friedman's thoughts are hampered by poor editing - logic would lead me to believe:

    is a product of failed states that are unable to keep up with the age of accelerations and that are unable to enable their young people to realize their full potential.
     
  4. Michael30000 Senior Member

    Russian
    Glenfarclas, Paul, thank you.
     

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