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16-01-10, 23:40
when I'm studying in my course L.G. Alexander's Fluency in English, I've this passage ... :embarassed:

"It's hard for us to realize nowadays how difficult it was for the pioneers.Except for one or two places such as Zermatt and Chamonix, which had rapidly become popular, Alpine villages tended to be improverished settlement cut off from civilization by the high mountain. Such inns as there were were generally dirty and flea-ridden; the food simply local cheese accompanied by bread often twelve months old, all washed down with coarse wine."

what is the grammatical arrangement of this italic words ( were were ) :thinking:

17-01-10, 02:04
It will make sense if you read it like this (with a comma): Such inns as there were, were generally dirty and flea-ridden.

In a loose explanation it means that: that they were inns and like other inns they were also were dirty and flea-ridden

Do I make sense? Else I have to find a different way to explain it.

17-01-10, 03:09
so it's interjectional phrase ,

Such inns, as there were, were generally dirty and flea-ridden.

here can we say?: Such inns were generally dirty and flea-ridden.

so the phrase as there were works like interjection

17-01-10, 15:05

That is how it works

17-01-10, 15:49
thank you very much. today I was exam about this subject , even it didn't mention in my exam, but I did well , I hope so ....