But really nobody- and certainly not the United States- has laid out the plan to get there.

sonics2005

Member
Mandarin-China
Hi, everybody!
I read a sentence, which is "But really nobody- and certainly not the United States- has laid out the plan to get there." I don't understand whether the United States has laid out the plan to get there. Does the "not" mean that the United States is an exception?
Thank you very much.
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    The US is not an exception. "Nobody" and "not the United States" are matching subjects for "laid out":

    "But really nobody- and certainly not the United States- has laid out the plan to get there."

    expands to

    "Nobody has laid out the plan - and certainly the United States has not laid out the plan - to get there.

    The sentence would be clearer if "and certainly not" was replaced by "including":

    "But really nobody- including the United States- has laid out the plan to get there."
     
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