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    a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal

    Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/us...in&oref=slogin

    Hi Teacher,

    Could you please analyze the structure of the sentence I highlighted in red in above quote? The quote is excerpted from a piece of news from New York Times.

    What is the meaning of " had at" ?

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    Re: a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal

    a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law (You have a typo here: it should be its, not is.)
    A Constitution that had the ideal of equal citizenship under the law.

    Where did it have it? At its very core.


    At its core tells you where the ideal existed.


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    Re: a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal

    Barb_D, thanks for the help. It makes sense now.

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    Re: a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ...(You have a typo here: it should be its, not is.)[/COLOR] ...
    The NY Times editor no doubt has trouble knowing when to use an apostrophe (not here), and so adopts the expedient of dropping the T too.

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