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I don't understand the grammar and meaning of this sentence.

To say that I was moved to tears just doesn't do this act service.

What does 'do this act service' mean?

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If the sentence was recast and the word "service" was replaced by ** justice**, I think the meaning would be more apparent.

To say that I was moved to tears doesn't do justice to this act.

Better would be: To say that I was moved to tears doesn't do this act justice.

From Cambridge online: to treat someone or something in a way that is fair and shows their or its true qualities:

This postcard doesn't do justice to the wonderful scenery.

  • Thanks! Will 'do service to'== 'do justice to'? Are they interchangeable? – dan Jan 6 '18 at 6:18
  • Hmmm. Again, I feel you'd need to recast the sentence for the word "service" to fit. See: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do%20(someone)%20a%20service You could say " To say that I was moved to tears just doesn't convey the service of this act."And I don't feel it conveys what is trying to be said either. – Livrecache Jan 7 '18 at 4:49
  • So, you feel the original phrase " do this act service" make no sense? – dan Jan 7 '18 at 11:00

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