the connotation of 'a great deal of'

bepleased

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Hi,

I met a sentence:
in "Work of this nature demands many personal sacrifices / demands a great deal of those who embark on it."

Why 'a great deal of those' shows the same sense of many personal sacrifices ?

And tell me the connatation in those following sentences:

1. He talked a great deal of sense.
2. A great deal of work awaits us.
3. He had a great deal of energy.

Thank for your help.
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Hi,

    I met a sentence:
    in "Work of this nature demands many personal sacrifices / demands a great deal of those who embark on it."

    Why 'a great deal of those' shows the same sense of many personal sacrifices ?

    And tell me the connatation in those following sentences:

    1. He talked a great deal of sense.
    2. A great deal of work awaits us.
    3. He had a great deal of energy.

    Thank for your help.
    In the first sentence, you could replace "of" with "from": ... demands a great deal ... from those who embark on it.
    What does it demand?
    That is not stated explicitly. Let's say it's self-sacrifice and add it to the sentence.
    ... demands a great deal of self-sacrifice from those who embark on it.

    In the sentences 1-3, you couldn't do that. What follows "great deal" answers the question "A great deal of what?"
    You could replace "a great deal" with "a lot".
    He talked a lot of sense.
    A lot of work awaits us.
    He had a lot of energy.
     
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