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Bruce
a book of? i have a question .the following is the passage from BBC The issue of bullying at work has become a hot potato recently in the UK after a political row erupted in which the UK Prime Minister ***was accused in a book of bullying aides at No 10. the question is how to understand "was accused in a book of bullying aides at No 10"? what is the meaning and usage of "a book of"?what is NO 10 thank you very much ,Jura i just want to say thanks by send you a message ,but i have no permission,haha,so ,i want to say thanks here
Mar 7, 2010 12:45 AM
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Hi Bruce, due to a lack of punctuation it easy easy to misunderstand a sentence. It should be; The UK Prime Minister ***was accused in a book, of bullying aides at No 10. This means that the writer of a book accused the UK PM of treating his employees badly and harassing them. It could have been clearer if the the sentence read as follows and the book was given its title. eg the UK Prime Minister ***was accused of bullying aides at No 10, in a book called XXXXX. No 10 refers to the Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street, London.
March 7, 2010
To be completely clear and unambiguous, the sentence fragment should have been punctuated like this: ".... was accused, in a book, of bullying aides at No 10"
March 7, 2010
Bruce
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