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    #1

    debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    Could you please tell me what does "debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean? (This line is from the novel "Three men in a boat" by Jerome.K.Jerome).

    We say "hearing has been adjourned till fourth of June" or "the case was adjourned until the action was taken against him" but "adjourned to the following night I don't understand it.

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    Re: debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    Does it make it easier if you change 'to' to 'until'?

    'By common assent' means that everybody agreed that this should happen.

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    Re: debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Does it make it easier if you change 'to' to 'until'?

    'By common assent' means that everybody agreed that this should happen.
    Okay so "debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" so it means "adjourned until following night" am I correct?

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    Re: debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay so "debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" so it means "adjourned until following night" am I correct?
    No, "adjourned to the following night" means "adjourned until the following night". "... debate was by common assent" doesn't form part of "adjourned until the following night".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No, "adjourned to the following night" means "adjourned until the following night". "... debate was by common assent" doesn't form part of "adjourned until the following night".
    "Debate was by common assent" doesn't form part of" I don't understand this part. Could you please explain?

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    Re: debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" mean

    You can say "debate was by common assent adjourned to the following night" means "debate was by common assent adjourned until following night", where the words I have underlined are part of both statements, or "adjourned to the following night" means "adjourned until following night" where the underlined words are not part of either statement.You can't make them part of one statement and not of the other if you are comparing meanings.

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