In the passage...
The remarkable thing about many of the medicines dismissed then as 'snake oil' is not so much that they failed to live up the outrageous claims made for them - those that weren't harmless coloured water could be positively dangerous."
I tried to decompose this super complex sentence, however it is beyond my capability now. I need to study more! I decomposed it like this:
The remarkable thing about many of the medicines (that then are dismissed as 'snake oil' that is not so much that the medicines failed to live up the claims that were made for them - those that were harm coloured water) could be positively dangerous.
- Is that correct?
- Why did they use "harmless coloured water"? Shouldn't the correct form be "adv+adj+N"?
- shouldn't it be "harmlessly coloured water"?