Dismissed the service

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Dismissed the service

Postby Audiendus » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:08 pm

"He was dismissed the service."

The above sentence, often used in a military context, is grammatically rather odd. What grammatical role does "the service" play here? Is there a particular name for this construction? Are there any other examples of it?

One can, of course, alternatively say "He was dismissed from the service".

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Re: Dismissed the service

Postby bnjtokyo » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:09 am

Sorry, I can't help you with the syntax that is behind this expression. However, the Google Ngram viewer did not find many examples of "dismiss the service"
quote 1
To DISMISS, to discard. To DIsMIss the service, (Congédier, Fr.) to take an officer's commission, or warrant from him
From the New and Enlarged Military Dictionary: in French and English, 1810

quote 2
. . . there should be some consideration regarding it even if a man is dismissed the service for drink or any other misconduct."
Parliamentary Debates by New Zealand Parliament, House of Representatives, 1914

quote 3
Critics who dismiss the service for emphasizing breadth over depth miss the point : AOL is about pop culture, not pocket protectors.
Wired Sep 1, 1995
But the meaning in this modern usage is rather different from that in the first two examples.

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