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Hi, teachers!

I’ve just finished reading an article “The limits of energy independence” with a subhead “The Trump administration is ill-equipped for a Middle East crisis that looks increasingly likely.”

But There’s an additional piece of writing at the end of it like an epilogue with its own title “Oleaginous and always with us”!

So teachers, please answer the four questions on it! ♥♥♥


(1)Oleaginous and always with us


Another lesson is that a lighter American footprint in the region requires broad-based alliances, not headstrong proxies. (2)The first are a means to rise above the region’s interminable petty rivalries, the second almost a guarantee of being dragged into them. America has a rich legacy of the right sort of partnership, including the trans-Atlantic ones (3)behind Mr Obama’s nuclear deal and a patchwork of regional allies. But Mr Trump has squandered them.


The trans-Atlantic pact has foundered (4)on his attack on the nuclear deal. And when asked on American television who was helping his country through the pandemic, King Abdullah of Jorda, a longtime ally, gave a startling answer. He was grateful, he said, to the United Arab Emirates and the Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma.



(1)

In my opinion the writer wants to say “The importance of broad-based alliances in handling the Middle East“ in the epilogue! But I don’t understand what the title means! I know what “oleaginous” means, but what does “always with us” mean teacher? ♡


(2)

I’ve got neither the structure nor the meaning of this sentence! T.t Which one is the subject? The first? A means? And why the verb is in the plural(are)?


(3)Does “behind” mean “supported or helped in making Obama’s nuclear agreement”?


(4)Does “on his attack” mean “due to his attack”? Can a preposition “on” be used to show whys?



Thank you so much for reading my post!

I hope to get your comment next morning, teacher! ♥.♥

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ANNE202Oleaginous and always with us

It refers to the previous text. Look for the word.

"Always with us" means that this issue never goes away.

ANNE202(2) I’ve got neither the structure nor the meaning of this sentence!

Another lesson is that a lighter American footprint in the region requires broad-based alliances, not headstrong proxies.

The first (i.e. the alliances) are a means to rise above the region’s interminable petty rivalries,

the second (i.e. headstrong proxies) almost a guarantee of being dragged into them.

ANNE202(3)Does “behind” mean “supported or helped in making Obama’s nuclear agreement”?

Yes.

ANNE202(4)Does “on his attack” mean “due to his attack”? Can a preposition “on” be used to show whys?

Flounder on something is similar to Stumble over something.


The something is an obstacle that prevent progress or causes difficulties.

It is a fairly rare usage, but I found one example:

Relationships can flounder on a single harsh word and everyone suddenly behaves rather coolly.

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ANNE202In my opinion the writer wants to say “The importance of broad-based alliances in handling the Middle East“ in the epilogue! But I don’t understand what the title means! I know what “oleaginous” means, but what does “always with us” mean teacher? ♡

Lay off the exclamation marks. They do more harm than good. The title is inscrutable. I can't tell what is supposed to be always with us. Maybe reading the entire piece would make it clear, maybe not.

ANNE202I’ve got neither the structure nor the meaning of this sentence! T.t Which one is the subject? The first? A means? And why the verb is in the plural(are)?

Why is the verb in the plural?

The subject is "the first". Some call that a pronoun, and I'm inclined to do so, myself. I had to go on safari for the antecedent. It turned out to be "broad-based alliances", which is plural. The sentence is clumsy.

ANNE202(3)Does “behind” mean “supported or helped in making Obama’s nuclear agreement”?

Yes.

ANNE202(4)Does “on his attack” mean “due to his attack”? Can a preposition “on” be used to show whys?

The "on" goes with "foundered". A ship is said to founder on rocks when it runs upon them and conseqeunly sinks. The figurative use we see here is not uncommon. The ship (Pact) hit a rock (Trump's attack). Again, clumsy.

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Hi, teacher AlpheccaStars~♡

Thank you so much for your comment as always ♥

Starting my day with your post makes me so so happy.

And teacher, I wish you were always with me when I read articles or write a composition T.t

Because my understanding before getting your help and after reading your answers are quite different, which even hard searching on the Internet myself can never replace!

Texas is in the evening now, isn’t it? Good night teacher! ♡.♡

Oh, teacher, how do you know that I always overuse exclamation marks?

Without it, it is very hard to express how I feel T.t

But I’ll try to reduce the use as much as I can from now on.

And thank you so much for your answers teacher.

Your comment is helpful especially because I could see how the sentences and the article read to you and learn the process of your reading!

I’m so happy to get advice and help from you, who are very smart ♥.♥

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