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雪花啤酒 发表于 2015-2-8 12:17
Hi, Anthony, could you please explain the sentence below? I don't quite understand it. Thank you!
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I can try my best! Firstly, one should try to understand the sentence for its structure before trying to understand the content. This is the difference between grammar and syntax (the structure of a sentence) and the semantics (the meaning of the sentence).  Regarding the structure, we have the elephant as the subject of the sentence which is described as mighty and it is being (the verb is a form of "to be") something, in particular the focus..and not just any focus but the focus of either a fact or opinion worksheet.  In my lesson I will go more in depth about how to analyze structure to help understand the possible meaning. Now regarding the content (what the words suggest by themselves), I really am quite unsure as I've never heard of anything like this.  Let me try to describe a situation in which this sentence would make sense to me: imagine you are asked to read a story in a class about an elephant but not just any elephant but a mighty one (perhaps the elephant is described as strong and fearless and thus mighty). Then you are given a piece of paper with questions about facts you know about this elephant and/or opinions you have about this elephant.  Since you must work on answering these questions on the paper, this is called a worksheet and this worksheet is one about facts and/or opinions.  Because the worksheet has questions about the elephant, you could say that the focus of the worksheet (meaning the object of consideration, i.e. what you have to consider in answering the questions) is the elephant (this mighty elephant).  I think from there you can see how that sentence would make sense.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  
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