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tesoke

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USA
Persian
hi, i cannot understand the red part of the following sentences from: http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/utah-became-next-silicon-valley?intcid=mod-latest

please explain its meaning to me. Thanks a lot.

But, more often than not, the discussions said as much about who held the microphone as they did about what mattered for growth; that is, people kept talking about the industries in which they were involved, instead of figuring out what the most innovative industries had in common and how their successes could be replicated.
 
  • angelene001

    Senior Member
    Polish
    I understand this this way:
    People more often keep talking about sth than they don't talk about it.
    For example, 8 out of 10 times when they talk about sth, the talk about that specific thing.

    Do I get it right?
     

    perpend

    Banned
    American English
    I understand this this way:
    People more often keep talking about sth than they don't talk about it.
    For example, 8 out of 10 times when they talk about sth, the talk about that specific thing.

    Do I get it right?
    Hi, angelene. It is sort of right. It's important to write out abbreviations (sth = something). Just write the whole word!

    But again, I like your train of thought!
     
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