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scores upon scores of years

 
 
Reply Tue 17 Sep, 2013 07:32 am
How many years does it mean? Is it like several hundred years? Thanks.
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Reply Tue 17 Sep, 2013 07:37 am
@Emily BAI,
a score is 20 years
Emily BAI
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 03:01 am
@Mame,
Yes, that's right. But how many years do you think "scores upon scores of years" mean? I'm thinking maybe hundreds of years. Or is it too long? Thanks.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 09:49 am
@Emily BAI,
As a purely technical issue Emily it'd have to be at least 40 years

My Better Half, who's much smarter than me, agrees. However, off the top of my head I'd consider anything up to 200 or maybe even 300 years 'cause more would then be "hundreds"
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 09:53 am
@Emily BAI,
Scores is plural, therefore, just the use of the word scores implies 40 or more years. This expression, therefore, means at least 80 years, and is probably intended to imply many more.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 10:39 am
@Emily BAI,
Oops Emily, Set is right: 80 min
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