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    Default Re: every important honor within their gift

    'Almost' means what it normally does.

    They gave him almost every honour, but not actually every honour. Perhaps they gave him 95% of the honours that were in their gift.

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    Default Re: every important honor within their gift

    But what could be the reason for not giving every honour?
    Each person gives one honour, right? So, 5% of the people didn't give the honour. Or I've misunderstood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    But what could be the reason for not giving every honour?
    Perhaps one of the honours in their gift was reserved for women, or one-legged people, or for specific deeds of valour. Perhaps they didn't want to overdo things. You'd have to ask the people.
    Each person gives one honour, right?
    Wrong. The people as a whole awarded 95% of the honours available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Perhaps one of the honours in their gift was reserved for women, or one-legged people, or for specific deeds of valour. Perhaps they didn't want to overdo things. You'd have to ask the people.Wrong. The people as a whole awarded 95% of the honours available.
    Maybe I really don't understand the meaning of the "honor"
    So, I've seen in dictionaries this:
    honour
    RESPECT
    1. uncountable
    great respect and admiration for sb
    Is that the same meaning as in the sentence?
    But the honor in your explanation and in the original sentence looks like a countable noun. So I'm not sure I see correctly the meaning of it.
    Last edited by Viktor Sorokin; 10-Jun-2013 at 21:29.

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    Default Re: every important honor within their gift

    In this case "honor" is not about the individual feelings of each person, but rather more tangible "honors" bestowed upon people.

    They might throw him a parade, or a special banquet. Maybe the Queen knights him or the President gives him a medal. Maybe everyone in town lets him take 15 items through the "10 items or less" checkout at the supermarket.

    When someone is "honored" like this it is not about how individual people feel. It is that the general appreciation society has is shown through things like I have mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    Maybe I really don't understand the meaning of the "honor"

    Is that the same meaning as in the sentence?
    But the honor in your explanation and in the original sentence looks like a countable noun. So I'm not sure I see correctly the meaning of it.
    Would it help to say in your initial sentence the word 'honour' is more likely to be rendered into Russian as a plural noun?

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    Default Re: every important honor within their gift

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I manage to dig out the wider context of that sentence. I hope it might help. link

    Regards

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    Default Re: every important honor within their gift

    I hope I've understood it. But I'm not sure in the "dictionary meaning" of this word.
    Am I right that the meaning of it is
    RESPECT [uncountable] the respect that you, your family, your country etc receive from other people, which makes you feel proud
    but this respect was expressed in "pleasant" things. E.g: people elected him governor (they gave what they could "within their gift") ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    I hope I've understood it. But I'm not sure in the "dictionary meaning" of this word.
    Am I right that the meaning of it is
    RESPECT [uncountable] the respect that you, your family, your country etc receive from other people, which makes you feel proud
    but this respect was expressed in "pleasant" things. E.g: people elected him governor (they gave what they could "within their gift") ?
    No

    If you do not read and think about some of the responses you have received in this thread before you post your next question, I shall simply close the thread.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No

    If you do not read and think about some of the responses you have received in this thread before you post your next question, I shall simply close the thread.



    Are you a teacher? So, I think, you should be patient with learners who proved not to be such "clever" ones as you expected. It's wrong to accuse me of not reading previous posts when I just have not understood something. Instead of accusing me you could just answer my question #18 (e.g. to show the relevant dictionary definition).

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