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I was reading the script of "The Dark Knight Rises" where I encounter with a sentence

"It will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way Harvey did"

I spent some time with this sentence and arrived at the following conclusion,which is according to me. I broke this sentence into pieces "it will be a very long time before someone " which might be meaning "someone has to do a lot of hard work " ,"inspires us the way Harvey did" which might be "to inspire us the way Harvey did.

I may be wrong ,so I'd like to know the exact meaning

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    I'm not sure about the downvote. Maybe it's off-topic, so I'll leave this as a comment. You should parse it like this: [ [ It'll be a very long time ] before [ someone inspires us [ the way Harvey did ] ] ]. Hope it can help you a little. – Damkerng T. Oct 20 '16 at 15:00
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    Is us in the sentence or not? – Alan Carmack Oct 22 '16 at 5:33
  • @Alan Carmack Yes,it is in sentence. – confused guy Oct 26 '16 at 16:54
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It will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way Harvey did.

We can at least infer the following things from this sentence:

  • The speaker is implying that Harvey inspired them a lot.
  • The speaker does not expect to meet a similarly inspiring person in the near future; in fact, he expects that it will take very long before someone like that appears.
  • "Inspire us the way Harvey did" would usually imply a comparison of degree (i.e. with regard to the level of inspiration), not necessarily the manner in which Harvey inspired those people.

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