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    all the love he had to bestow on ...

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    Harold's sister was dying.

    He sat and thought about life without Isabel, and
    realized with full force, for the first time, that he had given
    to his sister all the love he had to bestow on any woman.
    His bereavement was absolute.


    I'm not sure I understand that underlined part of the sentence?



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    Re: all the love he had to bestow on ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Harold's sister was dying.

    He sat and thought about life without Isabel, and
    realized with full force, for the first time, that he had given
    to his sister all the love he had to bestow on any woman.
    His bereavement was absolute.


    I'm not sure I understand that underlined part of the sentence?


    Did you look up "to bestow" in a dictionary? If not, please do.

    That part of the sentence means that he felt that he had a specific amount of love which he could give a woman during his lifetime, and he realises that he gave it all to his sister.

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    Re: all the love he had to bestow on ...

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    Yeah, I know what "bestow on" means, just wasn't sure if I understood it correctly.

    So he bestowed the whole love he had on his sister.

    cheers

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    Re: all the love he had to bestow on ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    Yeah, I know what "bestow on" means, just wasn't sure if I understood it correctly.

    So he bestowed the whole love he had on his sister.

    cheers
    Yes, he bestowed all the love he had on his sister (not "the whole love"). There is no love left in him for any other woman.

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    #5

    Re: all the love he had to bestow on ...

    And if I said: ... the whole of love he had ... Would it be correct then?

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    Re: all the love he had to bestow on ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    And if I said: ... the whole of love he had ... Would it be correct then?
    No. We just don't use "whole" with "love" like that.

    I have given you all my love.
    He sent her all his love.

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