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Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 4:41:50 AM

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I just found it in the sentence below.

Because the British monarch serves as head of the Church of England, accepting a divorced person into a royal marriage, so thinking went, would weaken both the Church and the monarchy.

www.history.com/news/royal-family-turmoil-spouses-meghan-markle

What exactly dose it mean by 'so thinking went'? Can it be replaced by any other phrase such that the meaning of the sentence is still the same?


Thank you in advance.

Romany
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 5:12:10 AM
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There's a misprint (error) in the sentence: the phrase is "so the thinking went".

It explains the reason for having done something: providing the idea (the thinking) which explains why it was done.

It's another way of saying "because" ...But we only use it when some people might not agree with that idea. In this case, most modern subjects probably don't believe a monarch shouldn't marry a divorced person.

(Concerning the upcoming wedding this weekend, there's no problem because they are not in line to become King and Queen...But there remain some (very conservative) people who still don't like the idea!.)
ChrisKC
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 5:15:48 AM

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"so the thinking went" refers to what might be considered the consensus of the Royal Court and maybe the population at large, (as it thinks the Church and or Monarchy might be weakened) especially as it would have related to the mainly Christian Protestant majority. This majority has reduced in the last 25 years or so. It is possible nowadays the "thinking" would be adjusted to take account of the changing times.

How can we change the original phrasing for it to mean approximately the same?

"So the thinking went" could be, "There is plenty of opposition, uneasiness and bad feeling towards divorced people being involved in a British Royal Marriage". Remember 1936 - Wallis Simpson and Edward V111?

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 6:41:10 AM

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As a general phrase (not particularly anything to do with royalty), you could replace it with "many people thought" or something like that.

Accepting a divorced person into a royal marriage, many people thought, would weaken both the Church and the monarchy.
Many people thought that accepting a divorced person into a royal marriage would weaken both the Church and the monarchy.


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sureshot
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 7:32:53 AM
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A structure beginning with "so" is possible to say where the writer's opinion comes from or what evidence the writer has for it.

Here, the writer "Pia Catton" has used "so thinking went" to mean "this was the prevailing view".
NKM
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 4:57:03 PM

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In most situations I'd sooner expect "so went the thinking". (It has a cleaner rhythm.)

Here, though, "so the thinking went" seems right.

Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:24:55 AM

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Thank you everybody.
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