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damien lalala

French - France
In the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Chapter 7), I don't understand "in the tough" in the following sentence:

"You’d almost think it was real, Isidore observed as he headed back to the Van Ness Pet Hospital – that carefully misnamed little enterprise which barely existed in the tough, competitive field of false-animal repair.”

Any ideas ?
Thank you in advance!
  • Kelly B

    Senior Member
    USA English
    The commas separate two modifiers: in the field that is both competitive and tough, dans lequel il est difficile de réussir. I'm sure you'll think of a better way to say that. :)

    And welcome!
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