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The challenge we are facing now is to resign the economic system so that it will not destroy its environmental support systems, so that economic progress can continue.

In the sentence above, there is no “and” between two clauses. Is there any reason for this? Grammatically speaking, there should be “and” after “systems,” right? Is there any intended effects?

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nicetomeetyou

The challenge we are facing now is to resign the economic system so that it will not destroy its environmental support systems, so that economic progress can continue.

In the sentence above, there is no “and” between two clauses. Is there any reason for this? Grammatically speaking, there should be “and” after “systems,” right? Is Are there any intended effects?

The 'and' would help, but occasionally authors leave it out, especially when the two clauses are closely related.

CJ

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I'm sure you meant to type"redesign" where you have "resign".

nicetomeetyouIn the sentence above, there is no “and” between two clauses. Is there any reason for this? Grammatically speaking, there should be “and” after “systems,” right? Is there any intended effects?

First, they are not independent clauses, so the comma is wrong, and "and" is not needed for that reason.

The sentence has a faulty structure. The second "so that" seems to refer back to the previous one, "not destroy its environmental support system". If you destroy your support system, nothing can continue. That is a truism and can't be what is meant. The second "so that" refers back to "redesign", and that only becomes clear if you put an "and" in there: "The challenge we are facing now is to redesign the economic system so that it will not destroy its environmental support systems and so that economic progress can continue." But this, too, seems jejune. If I saw that I had written any of that, I would turn off the computer, take the dog for a walk and make myself a nice cup of tea before trying again.

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