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I saw this sentence in my textbook.

Children need to be able to choose how much they eat, especially with the large portions common these days. Insisting they clean their plates can lead to overeating later in life.

I don't quite understand the grammar and meaning of especially with the large portions common these days.

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I'm not sure where your difficulty lies. Perhaps these explanations will help.

"Especially with" introduces more information. It's acting like a conjunction. You could replace it with "especially because of".

"the large portions [which are] common these days" might be confusing because of the omission of "which are".

"these days" is idiomatic - it means: today, or in modern times.

If I were to write it out in a different way, would this help?

Children need to be able to choose how much they eat, especially because of the large portions which are common today.

  • What's the large portions referring to here? – dan Jan 14 '18 at 22:26
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    @dan it means large portion sizes of food – Billy Kerr Jan 14 '18 at 22:32

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