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Hi teachers,

Excerpts:

The find marks the latest battleground in the increasingly heated clash between the country's 10,000-20,000 metal dectorists and the archeologists determinded to protect its artifacts.

1. What does "its" refer to in this sentence?

2. Does "determined to protect its artifacts" modify the "archeologists"?

Thank you very much.

Tinanam
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1.'its' refers to 'find' Emotion: sad=a discovery of something valuable, typically something of archaeological interest)

2. We use 'modify' when referring to adverbs modifying verbs. The sentence "...determined to..." is used adjectivally, and qualifies 'archeologists'

('qualify' in grammar means "attribute a quality to (another word, especially a noun).

a car - compare 'a red car'
The sentence after archeologists describes/attributes some quality to them, as in:
A man - a brave man
"A man, brave and proud."
Hi Terryxpress,

Does it mean "the archeologists are determined to protect the find's artifacts"? Is "find" uncountable and it consists of a large amount of artifacts?

Thank you.

Tinanam
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Hi Terryxpress,

Here's a larger preceeding paragraph:

Last year, a stash far more impressive than Mintey's was uncovered in a fiield outside Birmingham. Called the Staffordshire Hoard, it consists of more than 1,500 gold and silver objects from the seventh century and was valued at more than $4.5 million. While local museums scramble to raise enough money to keep the hoard off the open market, it sits in limbo, owned by the Crown but facing claims by the landowner and the metal detectorist who found it.

The find marks the latest battleground in the increasingly heated clash between the country's 10,000-20,000 metal dectorists and the archeologists determinded to protect its artifacts.

Question: Could it mean "the country's" or "the UK's"?

Thank you.

Tinanam
Surely in this instance 'its' is the possessive, here meaning the artifacts of the country?

I agree that 'determinded to protect its artifacts' qualifies 'the archeologists', reducing archeologists to a subset who are so determined.
1. What does "its" refer to in this sentence?-- the country's

2. Does "determined to protect its artifacts" modify the "archeologists"?-- Yes
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In the sentence as given, it is read as clash being over protecting the artefacts from the find, to 'its' referred back to find.

In the larger context, 'latest battleground' indicates that there have been previous battles over artefacts found in the nation, and so 'its' is now perceived much more broadly, to refer to the country, with the artefacts from the current and previous finds.
Does it mean "the archeologists are determined to protect the find's artifacts"?

YES

Is "find" uncountable - NO - "There have been many finds of priceless artefacts throughout Egypt."
"He made his most spectacular finds in the Valley of the King's."

and it consists of a large amount of artifacts?

The discovery of a skeleton such as Neanderthal Man, would be regarded as a 'find', but usually, with think of 'find' in terms of many artefacts, such as King Tut's tomb, with all the objects found within the tomb; or some archeological dig that reveals a former city, with many everyday objects of the time found along with the remains of buildings. But any single, historically very important object that is unearthed would be regarded as a 'find'.
In the sentence as given, it is read as clash being over protecting the artefacts from the find, to 'its' referred back to find.
Sorry, Terry, but in the sentence as given-- precisely because it uses 'latest battleground' (as you have accurately noted)-- 'its' must refer to "the country's". No larger context is necessary. The clash is the ongoing class ('increasingly heated') of many battlegrounds, not just the clash over this find.

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