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To solve this general problem, you can use the word "incomprehensible" instead. The passive voice means it's not a specific indictment of the reader's ability to comprehend; rather, it's a judgement about the entire world. However, that would still read rather oddly in your sentence. You could instead refer to the "incomprehensibly vast swarm ...


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The example sentence sounds like a miss-translation. Since it is not really targeted I would guess most people understand it as a bad idiom for "unbelievable". In German for example is the "das kannst Du Dir nicht vorstellen" (you can’t imagine..). This would be better translated with "you won’t believe it" or "beyond ones ...


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No, it's not offensive in the example sentence As used in the OP: In the following sentence does "beyond your comprehension" have an offensive connotation? When a large population of tourists swarm the city during the tourism season, it's beyond your comprehension. A native speaker would almost certainly not take offense to hearing that the ...


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I don't know the context for the original quote, but it sounds to me as though someone has failed to prepare for the arrival of large numbers of tourists in tourist season, and someone else is suggesting that the first person is incapable of understanding that this was a likely occurrence. If so, since it's hardly a difficult thing to anticipate, implying ...


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The word "negro" is slightly offensive. I'd recommend not using it, and I'd recommend not to get too offended if you hear or read it. It is actually practically not used anymore. Even racists don't use it - because it is nowhere near offensive enough for their purposes. They will use a different word, also containing the letters n, g, and r, which ...


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In the sentence quoted in the question, depending on the context, 'your' is possibly used in the same meaning as 'one's' (i.e., it is the possessive form of generic you): When [...], it's beyond one's comprehension. In that case it is not offensive. Rather, it is very similar to "it's beyond comprehension".


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No. It's not offensive, although beyond your comprehension can be used in an offensive way. Italian is beyond your comprehension, could be considered offensive if it implies you are not smart enough to learn a new language. Your usage, however, describes an event that your audience/listener has never experienced. In that case saying that it's beyond ...


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If you are directing it at a particular person it may be somewhat offensive, since it implies that they are stupid. It would be better to say, "... is beyond comprehension" In other words it is beyond anyone's comprehension, not just yours. In the actual context, I can comprehend a very large number of tourists, so I'm not sure that the ...


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