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    meaning of a sentence

    what does "Your public servants serve you right." mean?

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    You will have to give more context if you want an answer.


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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ehsanshekari View Post
    what does "Your public servants serve you right." mean?

    thanks.

    Your public servants [bureaucrats/policemen/postmen] give you good and correct service.


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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    I think you have to be careful here we have an expression 'It serves you right.' meaning you desrve whatever bad thing has happened to you because you brought in onto yourself in some way. Without the context I have to say I am not sure that the given sentence doesn't have a jokey meaning - a play on words with the above expression.


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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Very possible - but it looks like a typical government slogan.

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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    I'm reading a book (Visual C# 2005: How to Program, Second Edition,Deitel).At the beginning of each chapter there are some sentences of famous people.This sentence was one of them.
    I want to know the meaning of These sentences just for jeneral knowlege.

    Your public servants serve you right.
    Adlai E. Stevenson
    he is a politician.And the answer is correct.

    I'm reading chapter 4 and I will ask to many other questions(the book has 27 chapters & 12 appendix).

    I really appreciate the ones who answer questions & usingemglish.com

    good luck.


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    Re: meaning of a sentence

    Just out of interest the quote comes from a speech delivered at Princeton University on 22nd March 1954. Here is a slightly fuller version.

    "I would remind you of an axiom of political science! People get the kind of government they deserve. Your public servants serve you right. Our American government may be defined, perhaps, as the government that really cares about the people. Just so, our government demands, it depends upon, the care and the devotion of the people."

    So Anglika is absolutely right about the political slogan, but nonetheless it is a play on words.

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