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    meaning?

    It's important to note that to date, there's no concrete evidence that Female has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife.


    I just read this sentence and i coudl'nt understand the meaning

    Is it negative or positive for the female.

    I changed the name to a female because of the tabliod stuff.


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    Re: meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by fantastic View Post
    It's important to note that to date, there's no concrete evidence that Female has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife.


    I just read this sentence and i coudl'nt understand the meaning

    Is it negative or positive for the female.

    I changed the name to a female because of the tabliod stuff.
    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    It's important to note that to date, there's no concrete evidence that Female has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife.

    (1) there's no evidence - the main clause;
    (2) that she has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife - the that-clause

    The proposition but in this sentence means the same as except, so the that-clause 'that she has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife' states, in other words, that, in fact, she hasn't been the perfectly dutiful wife.

    Now, the main clause 'there's no evidence' states that we actually know nothing whether she has ever been the perfectly dutiful wife or not.

    It means that she is said to be 'anything except the perfectly dutiful wife' but this has not been proved, it may or may not be true.

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    Re: meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by fantastic View Post
    It's important to note that to date, there's no concrete evidence that Female has ever been anything but the perfectly dutiful wife.


    I just read this sentence and i coudl'nt understand the meaning

    Is it negative or positive for the female.

    I changed the name to a female because of the tabliod stuff.
    It's generally positive, there is no evidence to suggest that she hasn't been a dutiful wife, so what evidence there is suggests that she has been a dutiful wife.

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