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    Default Dwelt without exception

    Hello,
    May I ask what is the meaning of the phrase "dwelt without exception" in the following passage?

    The obituaries posted by the remaining great organs of the world press dwelt without exception on Giap’s close association with Ho Chi Minh and his role as the architect of the 1954 Dien Bien Phu victory and of the 1968 Tet attacks that at a stupifying cost in soldiers’ lives turned US opinion decisively against America’s “Vietnam War.”

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    Default Re: Dwelt without exception

    not a teacher

    "The obituaries posted by the remaining great organs of the world press dwelt without exception on Giap's close association with Ho Chi Minh …etc"

    dwelt on = spent some time discussing.
    without exception = every obituary spent time on this matter, there were none that did not.

    Personally, I feel it would be better as: The obituaries posted by the remaining great organs of the world press, without exception, dwelt on Giap's close …etc"

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    Default Re: Dwelt without exception

    Quote Originally Posted by Conan Long View Post
    Hello,
    May I ask what is the meaning of the phrase "dwelt without exception" in the following passage?
    For me, "dwell/dwelt" carries the connotation of spending an inordinate amount of time on something.

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    Default Re: Dwelt without exception

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, "dwell/dwelt" carries the connotation of spending an inordinate amount of time on something.
    Same here.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Dwelt without exception

    I get the impression that the writer thinks they could have written about other things as well.

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