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    Question To say nothing of...

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    I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half-and-half, two fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but whose biographies I was compelled to listen to.


    I couldn't point out the meaning of "to say nothing". I mean "to say" refers to past tense or another thing. What do you think of?

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: To say nothing of...

    Quote Originally Posted by mutena24 View Post
    I couldn't point out the meaning of "to say nothing". I mean "to say" refers to past tense or another thing. What do you think of?

    Thank you so much.
    It's an unfortunate construction. Obviously if you say something about it, you can't be saying "nothing" about it. But it's used to mean that the thing isn't important.
    Another similar phrase is "not to mention X", in which you go on to mention X. "I do two hours of exercise every day, not to mention all the walking around the factory during work hours." You might think this means that the two hours of exercise doesn't include the walking. The 'exercise' doesn't include the walking, but that's not the meaning.

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    Re: To say nothing of...

    Mutena, please state the title and author of the book you are quoting from.

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    Re: To say nothing of...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Mutena, please state the title and author of the book you are quoting from.
    The book's name is "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    Last edited by mutena24; 20-Feb-2014 at 13:38.

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