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"America’s apathy on matters African is one reason such initiatives have slowed of late." What does "apathy on matters African" mean?

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This contains an inversion sometimes used in formal speech or writing. The non-inverted version would be:

"America’s apathy on African matters is one reason such initiatives have slowed of late."

African matters = African affairs

It means that America doesn't care what happens in Africa.

  • I knew that inversion can be imposed on verbs, but 'matters' here seems to be a noun. Could the inversion also be fromed? If it is true, can I say 'people American' to refer to 'American people' i. formal context? – Lexinton Ave Mar 13 at 12:13
  • in formal context – Lexinton Ave Mar 13 at 12:14
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    No; it works in very few cases. Matters is one of them, possibly because that word itself is a little antiquated. It's an antique style, not really down to formality. – Andrew Leach Mar 13 at 12:21
  • Got it. But where can I find a more complete list of words that can be used in such rare cases? – Lexinton Ave Mar 13 at 14:08

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