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The lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road between Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area where the Loyalists has settled in 1784.

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Where's the start and the end of the road?
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EnglishszThe lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road between Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area where the Loyalists has settled in 1784.

Where's the start and the end of the road?

a road between Montreal (start) and the Eastern Townships (end)

Loyalists has settled in 1784. (I think you have quoted wrongly: Loyalists has ... in 1784.)

It looks like there are three ends, doesn't it?

One end is clearly in Montreal. I believe that "where the Loyalists settled" is in the Eastern Townships, and that would be the other end. Perhaps a Canadian can help us out with understanding the Eastern Townships to see if that's right.
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Hi,

The lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road between Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area where the Loyalists has settled in 1784.


Question: Where's the start and end of the road?

The Eastern Townships refers to the communities east of Montreal, towards Quebec City.

The Empire Loyalists is the name for those American colonists who moved to Canada after the American Revolution, because they remained loyal to King George. Most of these folks became the initial settlers of Ontario.

The reference seems thus to be to a road between Quebec and Ontario. 'Montreal and the Eastern Townships' would be at one end, and Ontario at the other.

Here's a completely irrelevant aside on the subject of Empire Loyalists. Emotion: smile I believe that some American senators suggest that the USA should encourage the return of confiscated property in Cuba to the Cuban exiles in Florida, after Castro dies. Here in Ontario, one of the descendants of the Empire Loyalists recently remarked that he supported this idea, because he looked forward to claiming the return of his extensive family lands in Pennsylvania that were confiscated by the new American government after the American Revolution.

Best wishes, Clive
Many thanks! Clive.

But so the sentence may read as 'a road between(instead of from) A to B'. Isn't it a bit awkward to read?
EnglishszMany thanks! Clive.

But so the sentence may read as 'a road between(instead of from) A to B'. Isn't it a bit awkward to read?
I agree. I was taught that it should be between A and B.
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CliveHi,

The Eastern Townships refers to the communities east of Montreal, towards Quebec City.

The Empire Loyalists is the name for those American colonists who moved to Canada after the American Revolution, because they remained loyal to King George. Most of these folks became the initial settlers of Ontario.

The reference seems thus to be to a road between Quebec and Ontario. 'Montreal and the Eastern Townships' would be at one end, and Ontario at the other.

Here's a completely irrelevant aside on the subject of Empire Loyalists. Emotion: smile I believe that some American senators suggest that the USA should encourage the return of confiscated property in Cuba to the Cuban exiles in Florida, after Castro dies. Here in Ontario, one of the descendants of the Empire Loyalists recently remarked that he supported this idea, because he looked forward to claiming the return of his extensive family lands in Pennsylvania that were confiscated by the new American government after the American Revolution.

Best wishes, Clive

Thank you - I was totally lost. Now I know where the "Loyalists" settled.

And good luck to them - as long as their Pennsylvania homestead isn't under my house! (How's that for a NIMBY attitude?)
Hi,

The lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road between Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area where the Loyalists has settled in 1784.

Between and to don't work together. You might change to, eg

The lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road between Montreal, and the Eastern Townships, and the area where the Loyalists had settled in 1784.

The lottery was held to gather funds to complete a road from Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area where the Loyalists had settled in 1784.

Best wishes, Clive


Assuming that the author wasn't wrong about 'to', is it possible that some Loyalists had settled in the Eastern Townships in 1784?

OR

Did the author mean:

from between Montreal and the Eastern Townships to the area of the Loyalists?
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