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Hi

I have a question on this sentence. I came across this sentence in a passage given for reading comprehension.


In 1980, the US Supreme Court overturned decades of legal precedents that said that naturally occurring phenomenon, such as bacteria, could not be patented because they were discoveries rather inventions. Yet that year, the Court decided that a biologist could patent a hybridized bacteria because ""his discovery was his handiwork, not that of nature".

My question:

Here, the court's overturning of the legal precedents that did not give patent rights when the research involves naturally occurring phenomenon is consistent with its allowing patent rights to the biologist's finding, but why does the sentence begin with "yet"?

Please give your views.

Suresh

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I don't see how "yet" makes sense. Perhaps the writer had in mind only the final part of the preceding sentence, forgetting the "overturned" part.

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yet ~ even so ~ in spite of that

They said discoveries cannot be patented, [yet / even so / in spite of that], they said that a discovery could be patented.

Here 'yet' is being used to show a contradiction.

A comma after 'yet' would have been useful.

I agree with GPY that the "overturned" part makes the whole idea of pointing out the contradiction an odd strategy.

CJ

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Don't you just hate it when the test that is supposed to test your verbal ability was written by someone who doesn't have much himself? That's just bad writing. Forget it.

vsureshwhy does the sentence begin with "yet"

Yet = Nevertheless.

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That is from a six-sentence paragraph. The writer starts two of those with "yet". He likes to start sentences with "yet" whether it works or not.

anonymousHe likes to start sentences with "yet" whether it works or not.

HAH!

CJ

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