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The sentence is:

"Is it ever justifiable for the law to treat some people as inferior to others?"

Can anyone explain the meaning of this question? I am confused about especially the "for the law" part. Is "law" the subject here? Or does it ask that if treating some people as inferior to others is justifiable or not in front of the law?

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  • "for the law" is not a constituent phrase in this sentence. It should be looked as "Is it ever justifiable for: the law to treat some people as inferior to others?" Dec 28, 2017 at 20:56
  • @MarkBeadles thanks for the answer but I still don't get the meaning. Could you explain what the question asks? Dec 28, 2017 at 21:01
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    Your last sentence pretty much answers it. Dec 28, 2017 at 21:03
  • Is it ever justifiable for (something) to (do something). Now can you understand it?
    – Davo
    Dec 28, 2017 at 21:05
  • Related and possible duplicate.
    – tchrist
    Dec 28, 2017 at 23:28

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"Is it ever justifiable for the law to treat some people as inferior to others?"

can be paraphrased as:

Is [the law treating some people as inferior] ever justifiable?

where "the law" is the subject of an embedded clause.

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