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    All this week, MPs have been exercising their right to vote with their consciences over late-term abortion, artificial insemination for lesbians and Half Man Half Biscuit embryo research.

    Meanwhile, a couple of miles down the road from Westminster, a registrar has been fighting for her right not to act against her own religious beliefs.

    While parliamentarians were allowed a free vote on contentious issues, Lillian Ladele was taking Islington Council to court for religious discrimination.

    As a registrar and a devout Christian, 47-year-old Miss Ladele objects to being forced to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples.

    Hi!

    Q1: What does the following sentence mean?

    a couple of miles down the road from Westminster= ? =>a couple went down miles the road from Westminster?

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    her own religious beliefs<---Why did the author use plural form for " belief" here? I think a person usually has one religious belief at best.


    Thank you!



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    Default Re: beliefs or belief, etc

    Hi there, thedaffodils

    As usual, as a Brit and mentor, but not a teacher:

    "Westminster" is the area of London that includes the 2 Houses of the UK Parliament, i.e. the seat of the UK's Government.

    "Religious beliefs" - would it help if you read it as "Religious principles", where "principles" would similarly be used in the plural.

    Hope this helps.
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    PS Sorry, I missed the point about the word "couple"
    Last edited by Neillythere; 23-May-2008 at 05:09.

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    Default Re: beliefs or belief, etc

    1. A FEW miles away. A couple miles away. A couple miles down the road.

    2. I'm willing to bet you have many beliefs that are based on your religion.

    Here's a bit of something called the Apostles' Creed:
    I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; ...
    I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.

    That's several beliefs in one statement. You may also believe that homosexuality is a sin or you may believe that God makes only that which is right and good.

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    Default Re: beliefs or belief, etc

    I got it. Thank you, sirs!

    1. I didn't why I stuck " couple" to " two persons" rather than "a few" previously;

    2. I mixed "religion" and "belief".

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