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    Dividing up the planet into plots of land on whichwe could all survive self-sufficiently would create its own natural disasters, not to mentionbeing highly unlikely to ever happen.

    1. Would you please show me what the the coloured parts want to say through some example? I am wondering which disasters would be made?

    2. Although I know what the green part means, in fact I really cannot get what the red part would mean. .





    Not to mention somebody/something
    and also someone or something else Gaining weight didn't help her health, not to mention the high blood pressure that ran in her family. They don't have any of the players from that championship team anymore, not to mention manager Casey Stengel.
    Usage notes: used to add emphasis to what you are saying
    Related vocabulary: let alone do something


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    Perhaps the author means that the world is too small to support its present population if everybody was to attempt to live self sufficiently with a house and their own land.

    He says it will not happen so it is really only an exercise of his or her imagination.

    But obviously mass starvation might occur if this policy was to be implemented overnight or perhaps even in the long term.

    The subject of "would create" is "Dividing up the planet into plots of land on which we could all survive self-sufficiently" (if that was not clear to you)


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    Could you please rephrase the following in such a way I could get the meaning of the words of the sentence?

    not to mentionbeing highly unlikely to ever happen.
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    "not to mention being highly unlikely to ever happen." is almost the same as

    " as well as it
    being highly unlikely to ever happen."



    "Not to mention" is ,in my opinion , quite a sophisticated expression.


    So you could write :"
    Dividing up the planet into plots of land on which we could all survive self-sufficiently would create its own natural disasters.It is highly unlikely to ever happen." and not very much meaning is lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    Could you please rephrase the following in such a way I could get the meaning of the words of the sentence?

    not to mentionbeing highly unlikely to ever happen.
    It means that even if we did not consider the fact that it is highly unlikely, proposing to divide the planet into plots of land would still be a bad idea.

    It means that the natural disasters are sufficient reason by themselves not to do it, without even having to mention the other reason. But, they did just mention it anyway, just in case anybody had any doubt.
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