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“Some years ago, when I was a graduate student, I was at Oxford in England and they had men's and women's colleges. They weren't yet mixed and the women's colleges had rules against overnight male guests. By the 1970s, these rules were rarely enforced and easily violated, or so I was told. By the late 1970s, when I was there, pressure grew to relax these rules and it became the subject of debate among the faculty at St. Anne's College, which was one of these all-women's colleges.The older women on the faculty were traditionalists. They were opposed to change unconventional moral grounds.”
1.What does "or so I was told" mean here?
2.Since the older women were traditionlaists ,they were supposed to stick with conventional moral grounds,why unconventional moral grounds?
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
I am not a teacher.
1. '...or so I was told', means that that is what you heard/were told but you can't vouch for the accuracy of the assertion.
2. There is something wrong with that last sentence, apart from what you are asking about. It is true that traditionalists tend to be conventional.
Last edited by Roman55; 11-Jul-2014 at 23:12. Reason: fixing typo
Note also that "a change to" can mean opposite things - "a change toward", or "a change away from".