Hello, everyone,

"We are too often blinded by our ignorance of our ignorance, and our pursuit of knowledge is no guarantee of wisdom. Hence, we are prone to becoming the blind leading the blind because our overemphasis on competition in nearly everything makes looking good more important than being good. The resultant fear of being thought a fool and criticized therefore is one of greatest enemies of true learning."

This passage has been quoted from our local text.

I wonder why the author has left out 'the' before 'greatest' in the sentence above, since I understand 'the' can't be omitted when the superative is modified by a defining expression - 'of true learning'.

I would appreciate on your response.

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I didn't answer that question because I didn't know the answer.

Your question was What is the grammatical terminology?

I suspect it's some kind of extraposition, but I don't recall ever seeing that kind of extraposition given a special name. It is true is a sort of appended remark, almost not part of the original sentence, so I don't know what the experts would call it.

You can always make up your own terminology until such time as you find out if there's an official name for it. "Appended extraposition", maybe?

Sorry. Emotion: sad