My strategy in this chapter is to begin with the more obscure as a way to build recognition about the familiar.

There is not a single word in the above sentence that I do not know; nonetheless, the meaning of the whole sentence is unclear. What does it mean?

  • Treat "the more obscure" and "the familiar" as noun phrases and it should be a bit clearer. Aug 5, 2018 at 0:29

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I will begin this chapter by analysing an obscure situation. When I have explored the concepts in this unfamiliar context I will then show how to apply the ideas to a more familiar situation.

  • Interesting! Thanks! Is it logical though? I mean typically we first explain familiar examples and cases and then go to explicating more obscure, difficult cases.
    – Juya
    Aug 5, 2018 at 9:21
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    I agree that the approach did surprise me. But as a teacher I recognise that one should always consider what sequence of presentation may most help the student. Possibly the underlying principles might be less easy to draw out when dealing with a familiar situation.
    – djna
    Aug 5, 2018 at 11:33

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