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How would you explain this sentence? The first Holdens had come onto the market in 1948, Australia’s own car and a proud moment in our steady march towards nationhood. The Holden had its critics, including those who doubted that Australia was able to manufacture anything really sophisticated. They pointed to the old Australian habit of thinking that near enough was good enough. All very well for small things like rabbit traps or lawnmowers, not for a motor vehicle. Some thought the Holden was a bit on the tinny side and was prone to overturning. It crumpled on impact. Gil and Glasson may have wanted something sturdier with three young children to consider. Gil had no doubt looked into these matters and had decided that our new car was to be a Vanguard. The Vanguard, like some of the Royal family, was, in the words of the standard Motor Company slogan, “Made in Britain”. That immediately rendered it sturdier than a Holden. How would you explain the first sentence of the second paragraph? Thanks!
Jun 27, 2013 3:58 AM
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The previous paragraph established that the Australian-made car (the Holden) was considered of inferior quality. In the second paragraph, it is then pointed out that the Vanguard, like some of the cars in the family of cars named the Royal*, was made in Britain. Therefore, by the very fact that the Vanguard (and some of the Royals*) were British-made, they were automatically better than the Holden, which was Australian-made. *NOTE: "Royal" is probably the name of a series of car. I am assuming that you were confused by "the Royal family," thinking that this means the British monarchy. Instead, you should read this expression as "the series of cars named Royal."
June 27, 2013
It doesn't matter. And thank you all the same.
June 27, 2013
(Sorry for confusing you)
June 27, 2013
In that case - yes, Brian had it right. Both here, and in Australia, there was a common idea that things made in Britain were better than those made anywhere else. Now, thankfully, we realise that the British are in fact very poor automotive engineers. ;^P
June 27, 2013
Sorry for make you confusing. The second paragraph starts from :The Vanguard, like some of the Royal family...
June 27, 2013
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
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