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Thank you for your time. Please take look at the following:

"The passage is primarily with summarizing the reasons for the rejection of an establish theory by the scientific community."

Regarding "by the scientific community", I conjectured up two interpretation but prefer the first one:

  1. It modifies "the rejection". So the sentence means: the article is mainly about the community's reasons to reject a theory.

  2. It modifies "an established theory". And, the sentence means the articles summarized the reasons to reject one of the community's established theory.

I can't figure out which is the more appropriate. I would appreciate any help!

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  • It modifies the whole NP "the rejection of an establish theory".
    – BillJ
    Apr 1, 2021 at 9:57

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The passage is primarily with[sic] summarizing the reasons for the rejection of an [established] theory by the scientific community."

The prepositional phrase 'by the scientific community' modifies the noun phrase 'the rejection of an established theory'.

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