With repeal and replace now a hollow vow

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kazuhiko fudaba

Senior Member
In the following sentence: 'With repeal and replace now a hollow vow,
Mr.Trump's anger at the defiant members of the Freedom Caucus was undiminished'
, the usage of the bold part is gramatically correct?
Are the words 'repeal and replace' verbs?

Thank you
  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    You need to understand 'repeal and replace' as a reference to one of Trump's campaign policies. Repeal and replace are individually verbs, but together they function as a noun. Some people might choose to put them in quotation marks to make the meaning clearer: With ‘repeal and replace’ now a hollow vow …


    Senior Member
    Yes. Congressmen opposed to the ACA/Obamacare had previously promised to repeal the legislation and replace it with
    some other law, thus "repeal and replace".


    Senior Member
    English - American
    Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare but so far has not succeeded. Which publisher is this from? Some media are particularly nasty about Trump. The phrase has a negative connotation.


    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Vows are supposed to be put the action. When they are not, those vows are described as hollow or empty.
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