I have some silly questions on the word 'extent'. Usually I know that 'extent' means some range of something.
While looking up the dictionary (Collins), I found some extend phrases I cannot get their meanings.
These are the phrases.
to what/that extent/the extent that(etc)
You use expressions such as to what extent, to that extent, or to the extent that when you are discussing how true a statement is, or in what ways it is true.
- It's still not clear to what extent this criticism is originating from within the ruling party.
- To that extent they helped bring about their own destruction.
- He could only be sorry to the extent that this affected his grandchildren.
- The extent to which it helped to promote Britain's broader strategic interests was sometimes questionable.
- We may not be able to do it to the extent that we would like.
I could understand that examples 1, 4, 5 are realted to the possibilies of the statements, but I am not sure what the other examples are about.