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LQZ

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"No!" he said firmly. "It is what I call the politeness paradox. It is technically rude to point out people's bad manners... Mrs. Bourne's tone and manner of handling this affair were quite rude, the very thing she accuses Miss Withers of being!" ABCnews (no subscription)

Dear all,

Are the bold parts in above in apposition? I am confused. Could you please explain to me? Thanks.


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  • Tazzler

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    It actually is in apposition to "rude." The inconsistency here is that Mrs. Bourne acted rudely but still accused another woman of being rude. ;)
     
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