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The sentence:
I found that I had fallen into the trap of believing that I had to do everything today, or at the very latest, by tomorrow, so I was constantly working under unnecessary pressure, which was no fun.


About "so I was constantly working...", which interpretation is correct?

1: I found+so I was constantly working...

2: I had fallen into the trap+so I was constantly working...

3: believing that......

4: I had to do everything today+so I was constantly working...

I think it's #3 (or maybe #2), but my book says it's #1...
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Hi Taka.

I would agree; 2 or 3.
2 seems the best fit for me, but there are many better grammarians here who may have other opinions.

Cheers,
Mike
I'd say that the entire situation described before becomes the result described by .
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Yes, I'd go for #2 too.

'I had done X, so I did Y.'

MrP
Yeh, grammatically #2 is better than #3. I agree.

But still I cannot cross out the possibility of #3 because that the person was constantly working also seems to be a part of the trap he/she had fallen into...
I would say #1 is correct, though this means I challenge the opinions of native English speakers.

Here's my thought: "so" can be replaced by "therefore", which means what follows "so" is a consequence of the matter described before. The consequence is an "UNNECESSARY pressure". Now if you "believe you have to do everything today, or ...", then this pressure is indeed necessary. As it is if you are still trapped with this believe, but you don't know it yet. Which means, only after you have found out, about being mislead, you are able to have the insight of the pressure being unnecessary. Therefore my interpretation would be "I found out something, and therefore realized, the pressure I was working under, was unnecessary."

Also. if it's #2, shouldn't it then read: "... I had fallen into the trap ..., so I had been constantly working ..." ? (Or "... I fell into the trap ..., so I was ...")

Just my 2 cents.

cu
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I wonder whether I've misunderstood the question, Taka.

What do the five options represent in each case – a summary of the structure, or a précis of the meaning?

MrP
I don't think you've misunderstood the question, MrP.

The question is, which part of the sentence should be logically connected to "so I was constantly working...".
For your information, eagle2184, here is the entire paragraph:
Once I decided to simplify my life, one of the first things I did in terms of my business life was to cut back on my workday by 10 percent. I simply scheduled my day to end an hour earlier. I was surprised at how east it was, and how little difference one hour less made in terms of my productivity. In fact, if anything, my productivity increased. Gradually, I cut back another hour or so with little loss in production and a great increase in satisfaction. As I began to look at why this was so, I found that I had fallen into the trap of believing that I had to do everything today, or at the very latest, by tomorrow, so I was constantly working under unnecessary pressure, which was no fun.


Contextually, IMO, #1 shouldn't be the answer, because the fact that the person found that he/she had fallen into the trap doesn't seem to be the reason for his/her work under unnecessary pressure.
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