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What does the underlined part mean? Kindly let me know what the following message means, Thank you! The dangers of the problem have been drilled into us by public­health campaigns since 2001 and the message is getting through—up to a point.
11 янв. 2016 г., 9:29
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Another way to say this is : Public health campaigns have consistently been educating us since 2001 of the dangers related to this problem. These campaigns have been quite (but not totally) successful. Some people have changed their lifestyles as a result.
11 января 2016 г.
It just means that Public health is educating about risks with something. Some do listen to the warnings and act accordingly, or listen maybe to part of what is said but not all doing what they want in the end even with the warnings. Example for me is smoking. Surgeon General has warnings on side that it can be harmful and so is second hand smoke (being around those that smoke even if you don't). Some people smoke a lot (several packs a day), some smoke a little (a pack or half a pack a day), and some don't smoke at all. Some don't smoke but are around people that smoke. The people that don't smoke much or are around smokers might "listen to a point" but not completely to not smoke or be around it at all.
11 января 2016 г.
The "--" is just lazy writing. Logically it should be a "," but the writer is trying to add some emphasis that there is a problem. The problem is that only part of the message is getting through or it is only influencing some people. "Up to a point" was used to comic affect in the book "Scoop" by Waugh and is a good example of where British English makes a point of not telling a lie but not telling the whole truth. In the book's case the speaker agreed with his boss a tiny little bit and no further so was able to appear to agree with him while disagreeing completely. This is a social convention used on a small island which used to have a lot of internal strife. But of course this makes learning British English harder for non native speakers. :-)
11 января 2016 г.
Which is the underlined part?
11 января 2016 г.
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