General Writing and Grammar Help/complicated sentence

Advertisement


Question
The following sentence has been chosen from VOA.


Thousands are heading back to school, making public colleges and universities among the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy.

1) What is meant with "Thousands are heading back to school"?

2) What is meant with "in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy"? How it is linked with other parts of this sentence?

Answer
The following sentence has been chosen from VOA.


***What is "VOA" Voice of America? And, Nousher, what does that have to do with the sentence? Did you take that out of an article?

Thousands are heading back to school, making public colleges and universities among the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy.

1) What is meant with "Thousands are heading back to school"?

*** "Thousand are heading back to school...." is people/students.... "thousands of people are heading back to school...."

2) What is meant with "in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy"? How it is linked with other parts of this sentence?

***"in an otherwise dismal US economy.." means that the US economy is dismal, bleak, not good, recession, etc. and is linked to the sentence by emphasizing that people are heading back to school which is making public colleges and universities (that is the same thing by the way) a bright part of an otherwise bleak and bad US economy in spite of it.  

General Writing and Grammar Help

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Jannie Balliett

Expertise

Any question relating to writing and grammar. I will repeat, questions only-- not discussions or editing. If you need editing, visit my editorial site; http://a1editorial.net. I do not help with homework nor English classes. This is much too involved and I will not "explain" English to non-English speakers. Please rate. If you do not rate, I will need to ban you from my expertise.

Experience

I m a professional editor and published writer.

Organizations
Writers of America, Professional Editors Association, Brazos Writers Group, Sisters of Crime

Publications
Many magazines

Education/Credentials
Associate Degree in Business, majoring in education currently for BA 25 years as a writer and professional editor

Past/Present Clients
Shervin Hojat- "Tend Your Garden Within" and am mentioned in acknowledgements.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.