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    met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    I wonder why not "during term" be removed from met every Saturday night during term to discuss"? "Met every Saturday night to discuss" still makes perfect sense to me.


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    Hallam and Tennyson became friends in April 1829. They both entered the Chancellor's Prize Poem Competition (which Tennyson won). Both joined the Cambridge Apostles, a secret debating society which met every Saturday night during term to discuss, over coffee and anchovy sandwiches, serious questions of religion, literature and society. (Hallam read a paper on 'whether the poems of Shelley have an immoral tendency'; Tennyson was to speak on 'Ghosts', but was, according to his son's Memoir, 'too shy to deliver it' - only the Preface to the essay survives).[5] Meetings of the Apostles were not always so intimidating: Desmond MacCarthy gave an account of Hallam and Tennyson at one meeting lying on the ground in order to laugh less painfully, when James Spedding imitated the sun going behind a cloud and coming out again.[6]

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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    They did not meet during the vacations.

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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They did not meet during the vacations.
    So "during term" means "except vacations"?

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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    That's not what it means, but term-time almost by definition does not include vacations.
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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    "Met every Saturday night to discuss" still makes perfect sense to me.
    It makes perfect sense, but it does change the meaning. You could change Saturday to Tuesday and it would still make perfect sense, but it wouldn't mean the same.

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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    The relevant phrase is:

    a secret debating society which met every Saturday night to discuss, over coffee and anchovy sandwiches, serious questions of religion, literature, and society

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    Re: met every Saturday night during term to discuss

    Relevant to what?

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