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isn't there a verb missing in this sentence??

English translation: No verb missing from the sentence. It is simply a question of syle in writing.

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English term or phrase:isn't there a verb missing in this sentence??
English translation:No verb missing from the sentence. It is simply a question of syle in writing.
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15:44 Aug 11, 2006
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Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / World War I
English term or phrase: isn't there a verb missing in this sentence??
"There was a sequel. Kluck, we remember, had brilliantly parried the thrust of Maunoury's Sixth Army in what came to be known as the Battle of the Ourcq. ***The taxis of the Marne notwithstanding - they did transport needed men from Paris - Kluck actually had the upper hand in that part of the vast Marne encounter that sprawled for five days along a 200-mile front.*** But to do so, he was forced to borrow the two corps that had filled the space between his First Army and Karl von Billow's Second. He thought he could get away with it, and he nearly did. But on the last day of the Marne, the British Army, about the size of those two German corps now detraining in East Prussia, marched into the thirty-mile gap. Though it penetrated only a few miles, it had, as Winston Churchill wrote, "probed its way into the German liver." Flanks were threatened; the Germans panicked. Soon retreat spread along the entire front. "

Hello everybody,

I'm perplex about this sentence "The taxis of the Marne notwithstanding - they did transport needed men from Paris - Kluck actually had the upper hand in that part of the vast Marne encounter that sprawled for five days along a 200-mile front." I feel that the subject "taxis" should have a verb... or maybe it does & I can't see it.. :-(( Or maybe I'm not getting the meaning of the sentence... :-((

Any help will be very much appreciated!
Bianca Fogarasi
Nothing missing
Explanation:
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Note added at 6 mins (2006-08-11 15:50:46 GMT)
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Not withstanding the taxis of the Marne.

Turn it around, and it is easier to understand

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Note added at 10 mins (2006-08-11 15:54:53 GMT)
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Not -with -standing means in spite of:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com notwithstanding

In spite of the taxis of the Marne, they did transport (there is your verb).....

You need to know exactly what were the taxis of the Marne.
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Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 20:47
Grading comment
Many thanks! Thank you, Jack! :)
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +12
Nothing missing


Explanation:
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Note added at 6 mins (2006-08-11 15:50:46 GMT)
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Not withstanding the taxis of the Marne.

Turn it around, and it is easier to understand

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Note added at 10 mins (2006-08-11 15:54:53 GMT)
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Not -with -standing means in spite of:
http://www.thefreedictionary.com notwithstanding

In spite of the taxis of the Marne, they did transport (there is your verb).....

You need to know exactly what were the taxis of the Marne.

Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 20:47
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 52
Grading comment
Many thanks! Thank you, Jack! :)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty: (in spite of the Marne taxis transporting men from Paris...)
5 mins
  -> Hmmm. I know more about the work of Marie Curie at the time. Thank you.

agree  Alexander Demyanov
7 mins
  -> Thank you

agree  Alison Jenner
8 mins
  -> Thank you

agree  Christian
15 mins
  -> Thank you

agree  French Foodie
20 mins
  -> Thanks

agree  Peter Shortall
33 mins
  -> Thanks

agree  jccantrell: Yes, with Jack on this.
37 mins
  -> Thanks

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
1 hr
  -> Thanks

agree  conejo
4 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  David Sirett: Agree that nothing is missing (even though you appear to have misunderstood the sentence!).
16 hrs
  -> No, I didn't misunderstand anything, thank you.

agree  Uma Hariharan
17 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  Cristina Chaplin
1 day23 hrs
  -> thanks
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