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In trying to find a way to excuse her father, Brennan-Jobs is following a long line of people, all of whom are much more culpable than her for his behavior. Generally, the only way to get a bully to back off is to stand up to him and for others to do so on behalf of his targets; in Jobs' case, too few people did.

I am not sure how to parse the sentence correctly: "the only way to get a bully to back off is to stand up to him and for others to do so on behalf of his targets".

I can probably get the meaning of the sentence. From the grammar standpoint, what's and for others to do so on behalf of his targets doing?

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    It would seem that in the author's view there is only one way to stop a bully, and it involves a two-pronged effort: the target must stand up to him and others must also stand up to him on the target's behalf. Either that, or the author should have written ways instead of way and or instead of and.
    – TimR
    Aug 27, 2018 at 10:48

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This might help (my explanations are in bold):

the only way to get a bully to back off is to stand up to him and for others (those who are not the bully's targets) to do so (in other words, to stand up to the bully) on behalf of his targets

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  • Most of my difficulty lies in the grammar point. The AND word introduces a juxtaposition here. I am wondering what's the juxtaposition to "for others to do so on behalf of his targets"?
    – dan
    Aug 27, 2018 at 9:26
  • IMO, "and" is simply a conjunction that joins two clauses, it is similar in meaning to "as well as". I don't think "and" is used for juxtaposition here. Aug 27, 2018 at 9:33
  • but "for others to do so on behalf of his targets" is not a complete clause.
    – dan
    Aug 27, 2018 at 9:39
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    It doesn't have to be. "And" is used to join two similar ideas. Compare it to: The only way to succeed is to work out a plan and to stick to the plan. There's no juxtaposition here. Juxtaposition comes into play when you contrast something (juxtapose it with something). This is an example of juxtaposition: "in movies the protagonist is good and the antagonist is evil". Aug 27, 2018 at 9:56

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