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    Question Temperance lecturer?

    "In Bradford Smith met Mary Jane Featherstone, known as Polly, the daughter of a temperance lecturer. She left home and went to Bradford to take a servants job. "


    What does temperance lecturer mean?
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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fear not, only believe View Post
    "In Bradford, Smith met Mary Jane Featherstone, known as Polly, the daughter of a temperance lecturer. She left home and went to Bradford to take a servant's job. "
    Please give your threads meaningful titles. "Fear not, only believe" does not appear in your thread anywhere.

    Perhaps this Wikipedia article will help you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_movement
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please give your threads meaningful titles. "Fear not, only believe" does not appear in your thread anywhere.
    I must confess I failed to understand this. What's wrong with the thread title? Shouldn't it directly indicate what the topic is about?
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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please give your threads meaningful titles. "Fear not, only believe" does not appear in your thread anywhere.

    Perhaps this Wikipedia article will help you: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temperance_movement
    Barb - "Fear not, only believe" is the username!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    D'oh!! So it is.
    My apologies!
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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Nothing to it!
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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fear not, only believe View Post
    Nothing to it!
    If you meant "It doesn't matter" or "That's not a problem", then "Nothing to it!" is inappropriate. It means "It didn't take any effort".

    While we're on the subject of correcting you, your signature line asks for corrections. On that basis, your signature should read "Folks, I am an ESL student so don't ever hesitate to correct me, even the slightest details!" No "at" after "even". Put the exclamation mark directly after the last word of your sentence. If you want to do a smiley face, click on the icon in the toolbar and choose a relevant one. Don't just make it up using a colon and a bracket.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you meant "It doesn't matter" or "That's not a problem"
    Yes, that's what I wanted to say

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    , then "Nothing to it!" is inappropriate. It means "It didn't take any effort".
    Thanks, I will take note of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    While we're on the subject of correcting you
    I'm just curious: could this accessory sentence be reformulated like this: "While we're on the line of corecting you..." ?,
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    your signature line asks for corrections. On that basis, your signature should read "Folks, I am an ESL student so don't ever hesitate to correct me, even the slightest details!" No "at" after "even". Put the exclamation mark directly after the last word of your sentence. If you want to do a smiley face, click on the icon in the toolbar and choose a relevant one. Don't just make it up using a colon and a bracket.
    Would you characterize this as a huge mistake (I'm asking since no one has warned me of it before)?
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    #9

    Re: Temperance lecturer?

    Yes, "even at" is a mistake in this context. I imagine no-one has ever picked you up on it before because most people don't actually read signature lines (and many people hide them).

    No, we can't say "on the line" instead of "on the subject".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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