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Reply to "Does "OK" apply to the bold?"

Hi, Andrew—No, "OK" does not apply to the part of the sentence in bold. It applies only to the first clause. That clause spells out the meaning of "OK" in the context; it is the proposition to which "OK" expresses assent. It's like saying: "I recognize that people don't really want to talk about Vietnam."

Notice that it would be possible to have: "OK, but I can do a movie about the JFK assassination. That way I can slide Vietnam into the conversation." Even in this case, "OK" would not apply to the "but"-clause, which expresses an alternative to that which has been contextually assented to with "OK."

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