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Never healthy, it was made less so

 
 
Reply Sat 17 Oct, 2020 06:45 pm
Does "so" mean "the state of being never healthy"? (So the phrase "it was made less so" means "North Korea was made worse (than the "never healthy")"?

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Self-strangulation

As natural disasters strike, North Korea cuts itself off
The extent of the damage may never be known

North korean dictators are not given to self-deprecation. Indeed, they seldom admit to being anything less than godlike, and lock up those who suggest otherwise. Yet in mid-August Kim Jong Un told a meeting of the Workers’ Party that, owing to multiple “unexpected difficulties”, his government had recently failed to improve the lives of the people and meet its economic goals. To remedy the situation, the report in the party newspaper went on, a party congress would be convened in January to adopt a new five-year plan.

Most economies have been hobbled by covid-19, but few are doing as badly as North Korea’s. Never healthy, it was made less so by international sanctions intended to stop Mr Kim’s nuclear-weapons programme. Floods, brought on by the wettest rainy season in years, have devastated crops. And to ward off the pandemic, the regime has imposed one of the world’s strictest quarantines.

Source: The Economist
https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/08/27/as-natural-disasters-strike-north-korea-cuts-itself-off
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Reply Sat 17 Oct, 2020 10:05 pm
@oristarA,
Yes. In this case, it is the economy which has been made worse.
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Reply Sat 17 Oct, 2020 10:17 pm
@Sturgis,
Thank you.

The author uses "economy" in both passive and active forms:

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Most economies have been hobbled by covid-19, but few (economies)are doing as badly as North Korea’s.


Can "economy" be treated like "people" who have initiative spirits? People are doing well in building their homes; economies are doing badly in the pandemic. Would the latter sound a bit odd?
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Reply Sat 17 Oct, 2020 10:19 pm
@oristarA,
That, I am not sure about. Parts of speech are not my forte.
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2020 09:34 am
“Economy” in your sample Sentence is a noun. Yes, it can have qualities and have actions.

The economy is good.
The economy climbed in Europe.
The economy tanked in 2008.
oristarA
 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2020 11:59 am
@PUNKEY,
PUNKEY wrote:

“Economy” in your sample Sentence is a noun. Yes, it can have qualities and have actions.

The economy is good.
The economy climbed in Europe.
The economy tanked in 2008.


Your examples are common in describing economy. But the OP says "economy is doing..." - We know that people can be doing something, but for economy to be doing something - it sounds a bit strange.
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2020 01:14 pm
The poor economy is kicking our butts!
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