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The problem comes when I try to understand (multiple) continuous parentheses, for example:

Summary of text leading up to this: someone purpose to eliminate 13 majors about humanities since they are helpless for future jobs in society.

That reasoning might make sense if Stevens Point were a trade school, but it is, at least by title and claim, a university, and there is an argument to be made that because the claim is now without support at Stevens Point, the title should be removed.

(It is the last sentence in first paragraph of this essay)

I couldn't get the meaning of "because the claim is now without support at Stevens Point, the title should be removed. ", who supports what? In what condition the university title would be removed?

Meanwhile, I would like to know how to understand multiple continuous parentheses and other long complex sentence, as I usually get lost when read 3 or 4 of parentheses/clauses. Any suggestion about training?

BTW: How to do accurate search of parentheses grammar? Mostly the grammar about "()" jumps out when I google "parentheses".

Thanks for any suggestion!

  • I don't understand what your question is. There are no parentheses in "That reasoning might make sense if Stevens Point were a trade school, but it is, at least by title and claim, a university, and there is an argument to be made that because the claim is now without support at Stevens Point, the title should be removed." Parentheses literally means (). I think you might mean parenthetical? – stangdon Jul 25 '18 at 12:34
  • @stangdon A parenthesis can also refer to a parenthetical (statement). – userr2684291 Jul 25 '18 at 13:00
  • @userr2684291 So it does! I've never run across that sense before. Still, it's probably better avoided because it's confusing; the OP is using literal () parentheses while asking about a different kind of parentheses; parenthetical doesn't have that issue. – stangdon Jul 25 '18 at 13:57
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OP asks:

I couldn't get the meaning of "because the claim is now without support at Stevens Point, the title should be removed. ", who supports what? In what condition the university title would be removed?

If the school eliminates those majors it does not deserve the title it claims for itself, "University". There will be nothing to support the claim, namely, that it deserves to be called a university.

We can reorder the clauses:

... it [Stevens Point] is, at least by title and claim, a university, and there is an argument to be made that the title should be removed because the claim [that it is a university] is now without support.

without support = unfounded, baseless.

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