Learn English – “like many others” indicates/points to which part of the sentence

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In the following sentence-

As I love to read, like many others, a desire for writing grew inside me.

the part "like many others" indicates/points to which part of the sentence? i.e. to "As I love to read" or to "a desire for writing grew inside me" ?

So, does it mean

As I love to read like many others

or

like many others a desire for writing grew inside me

One more question: Is "like many others" a phrase? If not, what's the appropriate term for such group of words?

Best Answer

"Like many others" here actually refers to both characteristics: "like many others who love to read, a desire to write grew inside me too".

The "like many others" here is a rationale, of sorts. It's building up a modus ponens:

1) Those people who read a lot often develop a desire to write ("as everyone knows").

2) I, myself, read a lot.

∴ I developed a desire to write.

In other words, "like many others" is asserting that "those who love to read often come to write" is common knowledge, and in a sense explains, or justifies, the author's decision to become a writer.