I read a sentence "China should re-learn Deng’s self-knowledge, or risk divides too wide for any bridge." Can you help explain the meaning of "risk divides too wide for any bridge" and show where the definition is? Thanks!

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Here, divides is a noun and risk is the verb.

From Collins thesaurus via TFD, synonyms for a divide include:

breach, gulf, gap

Division in a country is often a source of conflict. Here, the risk is "wide divides" in China, and the author emphasise how wide these are by saying they are too wide for any bridge.

As to why the author used divides rather than division, I think that’s to emphasise multiple, distinct, countable gaps or cracks in Chinese society, rather than a single division.

  • excellent answer. Commented Nov 15, 2018 at 12:02

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