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    He saw no active service

    Would you like to explain the phrase "to see a service" in "He saw no active service during his time in the army."

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    #2

    Re: He saw no active service

    The phrase is to see service. The sample sentence means that although he was enrolled in the army, he was not part of an active unit.
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    #3

    Re: He saw no active service

    I have changed your thread title. The text does not include the words 'to see a service'.

    He took part in no battles or direct military conflicts.

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    #4

    Re: He saw no active service

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    He took part in no battles or direct military conflicts.
    I think it goes further. I understand it to mean that he never actually joined a regiment; he was officially a member of the army but never trained or marched with a unit.

    For the situation you describe, I'd say he never saw action.
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    Re: He saw no active service

    I readily admit I know nothing to speak of about the military, but I would have assumed that "active service" and "action" were much the same thing, ie the person was (or wasn't) actually involved in fighting.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He saw no active service

    Service personnel 'on active service' are in a situation in which they may be called upon to use their weapons at any time. They are 'in action' only when they are under fire, firing their own weapons, or both.

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    #7

    Re: He saw no active service

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think it goes further. I understand it to mean that he never actually joined a regiment; he was officially a member of the army but never trained or marched with a unit.

    For the situation you describe, I'd say he never saw action.
    What does "it goes further" mean?

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    Re: He saw no active service

    It means it has a wider scope; it has a broader meaning.

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    Re: He saw no active service

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It means it has a wider scope; it has a broader meaning.
    Which of the following does "go" in "it goes further" corresponds to in the link?

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=go

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    Re: He saw no active service

    #7.

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