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Language Questions / Re: ---- they stood between me
« Last post by Bertha on Today at 11:34:46 am »
I read a little larger context, and I believe that the "they" were the imagined individuals that Ford describes in the preceding paragraph. They seemed to float in and out, sometimes by themselves and sometimes all together, but he is looking at the corpse of his wife and feels as though all of the others appear to keep him from touching her or showing expected mournful reactions to her death.  He describes himself as if he were "the titular possessor of her corpse" to show that he felt removed in an official way rather than as her husband.
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Language Questions / Re: Apostrophes!
« Last post by Bertha on Today at 11:25:48 am »
We're here to help, but you'll need to give us an example of the apostrophe issue you're having. 

Thanks.
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Language Questions / ---- they stood between me
« Last post by t k on Today at 04:21:24 am »
But, as long as one or the other, or all three of them were there, they stood between me as if, I being the titular possessor of the corpse, had a right to be present at their conferences.  (from The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "they stood between me".  Does it mean "they stood around me"?  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: Apostrophes!
« Last post by admin on November 14, 2018, 04:50:17 pm »
And that example is? ...
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Language Questions / Apostrophes!
« Last post by hismaimai8888 on November 14, 2018, 03:40:34 pm »
Morning all,

We're having a little bit of a heated argument in the office here, so I thought I would put the issue to you lovely, learned folks in the forum.

There is a letter that is sent out from this office, that I believe contains a grammatical error but the rest (all two of them) don't agree.
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Language Questions / in the presentation, he was reading from/off his script
« Last post by Ionachul on November 14, 2018, 03:39:32 pm »
1. He was reading from his script.
2. He was reading off his script.
3. He was reading his script.

Grateful if anyone let me know the difference between them.

Iona


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Language Questions / Re: with a hurt knee
« Last post by admin on November 14, 2018, 08:03:48 am »
I like 1 and 2 or 3 and 4. Yes - they all do.
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Language Questions / Re: in Florence the poor wretch had got hold of a Tartar
« Last post by admin on November 14, 2018, 08:01:17 am »
Had taken on as a fiend someone who was ill tempered and very controlling and possessive.
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Language Questions / in Florence the poor wretch had got hold of a Tartar
« Last post by t k on November 14, 2018, 02:32:16 am »
The fact was that in Florence the poor wretch had got hold of a Tartar, compared with whom Leonora was a sucking kid. He must have had a hell of a time. Leonora wanted to keep him for—what shall I say—for the good of her church, as it were, to show that Catholic women do not lose their men.  (from The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "in Florence the poor wretch had got hold of a Tartar".  My best effort only gives "Florence was a poor wretch but she was also harsh and fierce".  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: ---- be apologized out of existence
« Last post by admin on November 10, 2018, 06:40:39 pm »
If you apologised enough, they would no longer exist. Folks would have forgotten about them.

Comment: not sure if that would be true L:)
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