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    every two years

    Hi

    Does this sentence:

    Until the nineteenth century,
    European countries were at war with one or more of their neighbours for an
    average of nearly every second year.

    say that before the 19th c. different countries in Europe were fighting with each other nearly every second year, for example one war in 1780 and another one in 1782?

    thanks

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    Re: every two years

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Does this sentence:

    Until the nineteenth century,
    European countries were at war with one or more of their neighbours for an
    average of nearly every second year.

    say that before the 19th c. different countries in Europe were fighting with each other nearly every second year, for example one war in 1780 and another one in 1782?

    thanks
    Yes, that's what it means.

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    Re: every two years

    You might also be interested to know: the word "second" was imported from French after the conquest in 1066 CE.

    Before this, the English word "other" served the same purpose, and it still survives today in its meaning of "a different one" and in the sense of 2nd in "every other day, every other year..."

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