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allegations of widespread use of hacking--- which one is widespread Options
sri
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:22:19 AM
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Hi friends,

Could you please help in understanding the meaning of the below sentence.

He also edited the News of the World which closed amid allegations of widespread use of hacking, strongly denies sanctioning the tactic.

I am understanding the sentence as editing of the news undisclosed something in between allegations of use of hacking

I have ambiguity on whether allegations are widespread or use of hacking is widespread

Could you please help .

Thanks in advance.

intelfam
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:36:08 AM
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It is the "use of hacking" that is being modified by "widespread". Otherwise it would read "Widespread allegations of the use of hacking"

Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:40:45 AM

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He was one of the editors in News of the World
which was closed because of the allegations of widespread use of hacking.
He strongly disagrees the sanctioning of this tactics (use of hacking).
Romany
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:57:08 AM
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Sri -

Have you reproduced this sentence verbatim? Because it would appear that at least one word ("and"?) is missing. It may be that an entire phrase is missing.

Although Intel and JJ have explained what it is the sentence means, I can understand your confusion overall. The end - "strongly denies sanctioning the tactic" - dangles along without a conjucntion. It could also read as "He, WHO also edited......strongly denies sanctioning the tactic." of course. Either way is rather clumsy and clouds the clarity of what is meant.
jmacann
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 7:44:52 PM
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Very much so, and unlike hacker-like treachery.
sri
Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 2:07:06 AM
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Hi Romany ,
I didn't reproduce the sentence.I just copied the original sentence.

Thanks a lot to eachone for making me to understand the meaning with your valuable explanation.


Romany
Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 12:12:28 AM
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Sri -

Sorry if I confused you: - when we see an inscription, sentence, text etc. somewhere and we copy it down to present it somewhere else we are reproducing the original. In other words, we are not directing a person to view the original but presenting our copy. RE-presenting or RE-producing it (the suffix 're' meaning 'again'), thus 'reproducing' the original.
Gunjika
Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:55:25 AM
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Sri,
Probably you didn't see Romany wrote 'verbatim'. That was the keyword. :)
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