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I just read this sentence and I'm confused about what does it mean.

Consolidating memory is not instantaneous or even inevitable: every memory must be encoded and moved from short-term to long-term storage, and some of these memories are, for whatever reason, more vividly imprinted than others.

I know it's saying that consolidating memory is not instantaneous. But following this does it mean consolidating memory is not inevitable or it's inevitable?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Hi, Xtan, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange,

@xtan posted:

I just read this sentence and I'm confused about what does it mean.

Consolidating memory is not instantaneous or even inevitable: every memory must be encoded and moved from short-term to long-term storage, and some of these memories are, for whatever reason, more vividly imprinted than others.

I know it's saying that consolidating memory is not instantaneous. But following this does it mean consolidating memory is not inevitable or it's inevitable?

Any help would be appreciated!

It means consolidating memory is neither instantaneous nor inevitable.

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