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Dear Sir/Maam, In the minds of many people [#permalink]
23 May 2003, 06:18
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In the minds of many people living in England,( before Australia was Australia, it was the antipodes,) the opoosite pole to civilization, an obscure and uninmaginable place that was considered the end of the world.
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Australia was what had been known as the antipodes. According to the author, it changes the meaning. How can it, because Australia used to be known as the antipodes. The present perfect also cannot be used because it interrupts the time frame for the rest of the sentence.
the sentence says that Australia was an antipode to England (not sure about the preposition here and idiom itself) - it was not, however, known as the antipode. It is similar to saying that he is my Enemy vs. he is known as the Enemy.
P.S. Antipodes, is actually a group of islands SE of and belonging to New Zealand. 24 sq. mi. (62 sq. km).