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    Post What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by his

    What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by his experience" mean?

    It is interesting to note that du Prel proclaims the assertion that the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by his experience, while at the same time he asserts that he has found no traces of superhuman intelligence, but of course, before pronouncing upon such a point, one has to determine how a superhuman intelligence could be distinguished and how far it would be intelligible to our brains.

    "The History of Spiritualism," by Arthur Conan Doyle
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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    The sentence that text is in doesn't make sense. It looks like an editing error to me.
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    Smile Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The sentence that text is in doesn't make sense. It looks like an editing error to me.
    I checked it. It is correct. There is no error in it. I compared it with many editions of that book.
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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Quote Originally Posted by jacob123 View Post
    i checked it. it is correct. there is no error in it.
    What did you compare it with? How do you know its source doesn't have an error?

    Always capitalize the word "I" and the first letter of each sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Please correct the information in your member profile. You appear to have chosen three random responses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    It looks as if Conan Doyle just lost track of what he was trying to say in such a ponderous sentence.

    If you substitute "is" for "to be" then the whole thing starts to make some sort of sense.
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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    It makes good sense to me: Someone asserted that the messages are silly and trivial. Du Prel disagrees with this, based on his experience.

    I can understand why other members are having difficulty. The sentence uses the pattern: proclaim something to be something

    Du Prel proclaims the assertion that the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by his experience

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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Jacob, I see you are also posting threads about this book on WordReference Forums.

    Please do not post the same question on both forums at the same time.

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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It makes good sense to me: Someone asserted that the messages are silly and trivial. Du Prel disagrees with this, based on his experience.

    I can understand why other members are having difficulty. The sentence uses the pattern: proclaim something to be something

    Du Prel proclaims the assertion that the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by his experience
    Thank you so much.

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    Re: What does "the messages are only silly and trivial to be entirely unjustified by

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Jacob, I see you are also posting threads about this book on WordReference Forums.

    Please do not post the same question on both forums at the same time.

    Ok. Thanks. but what can i do when they don not answer me?

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