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    Fantasy?

    Hi,

    I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction novels and usually I understand everything, even when the author takes liberties with the language. The next sentence, though, has me flabbergasted. I really can't make head or tails of it, even in context. I hope someone can help me understand it's meaning. So here it is:

    Unlike an hour designated on the clock it does not allow of arguing that five minutes earlier cannot hurt.

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    Re: Fantasy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Likeahike View Post
    Hi,

    I read a lot of fantasy and science fiction novels and usually I understand everything, even when the author takes liberties with the language. The next sentence, though, has me flabbergasted. I really can't make head or tails head nor tail of it, even in context. I hope someone can help me understand it's its meaning. So Here it is:

    Unlike an hour designated on the clock it does not allow of arguing that five minutes earlier cannot hurt.
    Note my minor corrections to the main part of your post "can't make head nor tail of it" is the standard phrase. As far as your quoted sentence goes, I can't fathom its meaning either! "... allow of arguing" is not grammatical (to me).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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