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Here is an excerpt from the book flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi which has confused me a bit.

If the trend of traditional families keeping together is on the wane, the number of families that endure because their members enjoy each other may be increasing. Of course, because the external forces are still much more powerful than the internal ones, the net effect is likely to be further fragmentation of family life for some time to come.

The major concern I have with this complex sentence is that is the first line connected with the second line.

Is of course, because mentioned in the same context of the previous line?

  • There are two sentences here. When you refer to the first line and the second line do you mean first/second sentence? Even if this is the case, I am afraid I don't understand your question(s). – Shoe Mar 25 at 10:37
  • yes, i mean sentence that is first sentence and second sentence.My question is that is the author mentioning the second sentence in relation to the first one. Or is it a general line(the second one). – Sudhir Sharma Mar 25 at 10:40
  • The sentences are connected. He is saying 1.) there may be currently an increase in the number of families that stay together because they enjoy each other's company, but 2.) external forces are more powerful and therefore more families are likely to break up in the future. – Shoe Mar 25 at 10:50
  • Yes sir. I was looking for that. There is one more doubt if you can clear it. The link to the question is english.stackexchange.com/a/491125/301873 – Sudhir Sharma Mar 25 at 11:05
  • I have added a suggested paraphrase under your other question. – Shoe Mar 25 at 11:40

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