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  1. #1 Would anybody possibly help me with a piece of GRE? 
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    Would anybody possibly help me understand what the following means? or would you kindly elaborate them, so that I can find it?


    With whatever sophistry all this may be covered over, it is
    certain that if any constraint can be laid on my will, I am no
    longer free, and that I am no longer master of my own property,
    if any one else can lay a hand on it.


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    www.majortests.com/gre/read...ading_comprehension_test02



    Many thanks

    Nima


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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    With whatever sophistry all this may be covered over,
    In this part of the quoted sentence, "all this" may refer to the points made in the sentences which preceded the quoted sentence, or it may refer to the points made in the rest of the sentence. The author is anticipating that someone will try to "cover over" or hide the truth of the arguments, with sophistry. Sophistry is a kind of argument which may seem convincing but is flawed in some way.
    it is
    certain that if any constraint can be laid on my will, I am no
    longer free,
    A "constraint laid on my will" is restriction or limitation which prevents me from acting freely according to my will. The author is saying that if someone puts limitations on my actions, then I am not free.
    and that I am no longer master of my own property,
    if any one else can lay a hand on it.
    If you are a master of your property, that means that you own it and can do whatever you want to do with it. If someone can "lay a hand" on your property, that means they can take it away from you.

    Over all this quotation means that, some people may falsely argue that government regulations do not restrict your freedom or interfere with your property rights. However, if the government can force you to do something against your will, then you are not free, and if the government can claim your property, then you do not really own the property.


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