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questions Jack Torrance cried these words out in both surprise and agony as he slapped his right hand against his blue chambray workshirt, dislodging the big, slow- moving wasp that had stung him. Then he was scrambling up the roof as fast as he could, looking back over his shoulder to see if the wasp's brothers and sisters were rising from the nest he had uncovered to do battle. If they were, it could be bad; the nest was between him and his ladder, and the trapdoor leading down into the attic was locked from the inside. The drop was seventy feet from the roof to the cement patio between the hotel and the lawn. Question 1: from the nest he had uncovered --- In this case, can I replace 'uncovered' with 'discovered' or 'found?' If not, what's the difference between them? Question 2: Does 'the wasp's brothers and sisters were rising from the nest he had uncovered to do battle' mean that the purpose of the wasp's brothers and sisters' rising from the nest is TO DO THE BATTLE, right?
Sep 5, 2018 1:44 AM
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1. You can replace uncovered with discovered or found here. Depending on the context, uncovered can put a stronger emphasis on revealing something hidden. "He uncovered the secrets of Atlantis" In the above example, "discovered" or "found" are fine, but "uncovered" emphasizes the fact that they are secrets, and are hidden from the world. 2. Yes, the purpose is "to do battle" (not "to do the battle")
September 5, 2018
Question 1: from the nest he had uncovered --- In this case, can I replace 'uncovered' with 'discovered' or 'found?' If not, what's the difference between them? You could use discovered or found here, but uncovered is the best fit, as it makes it clear that Jack is working on the roof and that he disturbed the nest while doing that work. Discovered or found would have the implication that he was either looking for the nest, and found or discovered it, or that he just came across it by accident but didn’t necessarily interact with it, whereas uncovered makes it explicit that he actually did just that, he un-covered the nest, thereby causing the wasps to fly out defensively.
September 5, 2018
thank you :-)
September 5, 2018
Q1: Yes. Q2: Yes. :)
September 5, 2018
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