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    Question the tale is commended to the kindness of the reader

    Hi,

    I would like to ask you to explain this sentence as it is difficult for me to understand.

    "...the tale is commended to the kindness of the reader". It is from "North and South".

    Many thanks. :)
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    #2

    Re: A difficult sentence

    Please include at least the entire sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A difficult sentence

    It's an old-fashioned way of humbly thanking the reader for reading the story. By reading the story, you're being kind to the author.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: A difficult sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by white.rose View Post
    Hi,

    I would like to ask you to explain this sentence as it was is difficult for me to understand.

    "...the tale is commended to the kindness of the reader". It is from "North and South".

    Many thanks. :)
    Note my corrections above. When you wrote the post, the sentence was still difficult for you to understand so the present tense should have been used. Once you understand it, you can say "it was difficult for me to understand".
    All but the shortest words in book/film/play titles should be capitalised.
    End every sentence with a single appropriate punctuation mark (full stop, question mark, exclamation mark).
    Don't try to make your own emoticons. If you really need one, click on and choose the appropriate one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A difficult sentence

    That's very kind of you, Johnyxxx, but the OP was asked to give the full sentence. I would prefer that OPs be given the opportunity to do as they have been asked.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: A difficult sentence

    white.rose, I have changed your thread title.

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
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    Re: A difficult sentence

    Thank you for the correction & explanation. By the way, for the emoticons, c'mon, there is nothing wrong about it. It is not a grammar thin or a problem.

    Thanks :)

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    Re: A difficult sentence

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    Yeah. Well, I thought about this explanation but, it is just that I wasn't sure about it, as you said "an old-fashion way". Thank you.

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    Re: A difficult sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by white.rose View Post
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    Yeah. Well, I thought about this explanation but, it is just that I wasn't sure about it, as you said "an old-fashion way". Thank you.
    Understood! It was a very good question. Even native speakers have trouble figuring out lines like that. It's not natural contemporary English.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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