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The EU should stop talking about foregrounding conditionality.

What does foregrounding mean here? Is it a gerund or an adjective?

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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Kristina Lopez, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, MετάEd, Robusto Jan 22 '13 at 1:31

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What does your dictionary tell you about forms of foreground? Also, please provide more context. – coleopterist Jan 21 '13 at 18:01
my dictionary says that foreground can be a (n) or a (v) and list possible meanings but I'm not sure if any can fit the context. – reery Jan 21 '13 at 18:06
Please add this information to your question. Also include your dictionary definitions along with why you think they don't fit. – coleopterist Jan 21 '13 at 18:07
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Bringing it to the front of a discussion, discourse or description.

Conditionality is a concept that comes up a lot in discussion of the various arrangements to assist EU countries that are in debt.*

To foreground it, would be to keep bringing it to the front of any planning about the bail-outs, loans and other such measures.

Yes, it's a gerund.

*Conditionality itself in such discussions is a word that conveys two concepts; 1. "Conditions", 2. "I am on television or the radio, so I will stick -ality onto a noun to make another noun because more-syllables means more-smarts and hopefully voters will think I'm smart next election time".

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I'm sorry but I have to ask again "stop talking about foregrounding conditionality" means that they should stop emphasising it? Or stop bringing it up in their meetings? I mean stop talking literally or figuratively? – reery Jan 21 '13 at 19:07
They want it to be emphasised within any agreements reached, so they are talking about emphasising it. This person thinks they should stop such talk. (I also think they should stop talking about it, if only because "conditionality" as a word is a pet peeve of mine). – Jon Hanna Jan 21 '13 at 19:14

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