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    Question to promise

    Dear All,

    I need your help.

    Does this sentence make any sense for you? Do you have a better idea?

    "The New Series was a luxury product: The thirty-two pages of double column close type and rather simple illustrations of the original EDM did not promise to sell as well in the 1860s as in the previous decade."

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    Sorry, I forgot a hyphen:

    "The thirty-two pages of double-column close type and rather simple illustrations of the original EDM did not promise to sell as well in the 1860s as in the previous decade."

    Thanks a lot.

    AL

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    Default Re: to promise

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna-Lena View Post
    Dear All,
    I need your help.
    Does this sentence make any sense for you? Do you have a better idea?
    "The New Series was a luxury product: The thirty-two pages of double column close type and rather simple illustrations of the original EDM did not promise to sell as well in the 1860s as in the previous decade."
    I assume that 'the EDM' is some kind of book, and that it was originally printed in the 1850s in a form that was difficult to read (close-type font with two columns per page, and primitive illustrations). The new edition of the book would be made easier to read as the potential customer base in the 1860s was more discerning, and prepared to pay for a more expensive 'luxury' product.

    It's OK, but I might write it as:

    "The New Series was a luxury product: those customers who bought the original EDM in such numbers in the previous decade were not so willing in the 1860s to accept its thirty-two pages of double-column close-type and rather simple illustrations. They expected a higher quality, and expected to pay a higher price for it."
    Last edited by Coffa; 26-Aug-2006 at 17:26. Reason: typo

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