0

Well-intentioned though many people may have imagined that the CIA probably thought they were, their foreign-policy operations were confused, duplicitous failures.

I do understand the basic structure, "Well-intentioned though they were"

But, I can't parse clearly "Well-intentioned though many people may have imagined that the CIA probably thought they were".

It just doesn't seem to be a relative clause though. Could you help me to understand the parenthesis?

My parsing is as follows:

The CIA probably thought (that) many people may have imagined [that they were well-intentioned]

1

Many people

May have imagined

That the CIA probably thought

They were well-intentioned.

(People are imagining (the CIA thinking (the CIA were well-intentioned)))

  • You are a lifesaver. – JYJ Feb 17 at 12:11
  • I think you meant the CIA in your third sentence. – Jason Bassford Feb 17 at 15:25
  • @JasonBassford Feel free to just correct such an obvious typo on my answers. – SamBC Feb 17 at 15:26

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.