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Please see below sentence and enlighten me with clarification. thanks .

" If the potential Alba signifies is realised in full - and if humankind doesn't annihilate itself neanwhile - the Scientific Revolution might prove itself far greater than a mere historical revolution."


Question : Why the author used two verbs - signify & is? ; what is the function of the word ' signifies, does it modify the Alba?

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leobrounPlease see the below sentence below and enlighten me with clarification. thanks .

The verbs belong to different clauses. "(that) Alba signifies" is a relative clause modifying the noun "potential."

The main verb is "is"

" If the potential [ that Alba signifies ] is realised in full - and if humankind doesn't annihilate itself meanwhile - the Scientific Revolution might prove itself far greater than a mere historical revolution."

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Parse the text this way.

If the potential ( which Alba signifies ) is realized in full . . .

OK?