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I've come across with the sentence below:

One innovative company, Bummer Baskets, sells a range of care packages, each designed to assuage a particular variety of pain, dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket

Now, could you tell me please which explanation might be correct:

A:Bummer Baskets is dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket

B: Pains are dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket.

I know the meaning of "Break-Up Basket" but I don't understand the meaning of "dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket". Maybe because I don't recognise the sentence's object.

The fuller text is:

Beyond self-sufficiency and independence, money is also symbolically capable of anesthetizing pain. The Chicago Tribune coined the term retail therapy on Christmas Eve in 1986 to describe the act of trading money for mood-improving purchases, and comfort buying drives the consumption of diverse products from single-serve ice cream to romantic comedies on DVD. One innovative company, Bummer Baskets, sells a range of care packages, each designed to assuage a particular variety of pain, dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket.

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This is a slovenly sentence which leaves it to the reader to figure out from context how the parts hang together.

What the author probably means is that the range of care packages is dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket — that is, the BUB is the most popular of the care packages and 'dominates' sales in that category.

  • I read (or should that be "raid"?) mistakenly the french word for breads there, "pains" (as breads naturally reside in baskets); which made this unholy accretion of words even harder to parse. It's a basket case, this thing. – user3445853 Oct 2 '18 at 13:19
  • I'd say that's definitely (rather than probably) what the author means. They've gone overboard with the parenthetical commas, but if you remove all of those you end up with a sentence that should be slightly easier to understand: "One innovative company sells a range of care packages dominated by the chocolate-laden Break-Up Basket." – Anthony Grist Oct 2 '18 at 14:29
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Bummer Baskets sells packages.

That is what that sentence says. The object is "care packages". It just adds numerous details via digressions.

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    Surely the object is the range of care packages. – Andrew Leach Oct 1 '18 at 21:09
  • Yes that is correct, it is 'a range of care packages'. I was trying to keep it to the bare minimum in order to show the OP that it is not pains and not the company itself. – Jamie Clinton Oct 1 '18 at 21:11
  • The object is "range". "of care packages" is a prepositional phrase that modifies "range". – Acccumulation Oct 1 '18 at 21:42
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    @Acccumulation: The object is the entire phrase "a range of care packages". – ruakh Oct 1 '18 at 23:41

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