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    #1

    bastardy was a misdemeanor

    Please make the following in red clear for me.

    In those days fornication was an indictable offense, and bastardy was a misdemeanor.

    Is this saying "having an illegitimate child was regarded as some lesser criminal act"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: bastardy was a misdemeanor

    you're right
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    #3

    Re: bastardy was a misdemeanor

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    You're right.
    Nicklexoxo, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

    Unpakwon, please give us the source of your qotation. We need to know when 'those days' were.

    You could be right, but at one time 'bastardy' meant either 'being born to unmarried parents' or 'becoming parents while unmarried'.

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    Re: bastardy was a misdemeanor

    The quote is from <<Lincoln The Unknown>> by Dale Carnegie.
    Carnegie is talking about Ann McGinty and her cabin long time ago. Her cabin was "the community's acknowledged clearing-house for scandal."

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    #5

    Re: bastardy was a misdemeanor

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    You're right.
    Nickleoxo, your signature asks us to correct your mistakes. Please remember the rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark.

    As far as your signature line goes, there are a few errors. Try "If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English and I hope you'll help me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: bastardy was a misdemeanor

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Please make the following in red clear for me.

    In those days fornication was an indictable offense, and bastardy was a misdemeanor.

    Is this saying "having an illegitimate child was regarded as some lesser criminal act"?

    Thank you.
    A misdemeanor is the American equivalent of a summary offence, as opposed to an indictable offence. So, yes, bastardy was a less serious crime in your author's opinion. But bastardy is ambiguous. It can mean either begetting a child out of wedlock or having been born to an unmarried mother, i.e. being a bastard. Without additional context it is impossible to say which the author meant.

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