Olivia
The old man the boat. Man is a verb? I saw Mount Tai flying to Beijing. ----right? Fruit fries like a apple.
Mar 26, 2011 5:00 PM
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Yes, "to man" means there are (old) people operating (manning) the boat. "Fruit flies like an apple." Yes... yes, they do. Compare it to "time flies like an arrow" and we recognise "fruit fly" as an insect. A "time fly" does not exist. "I saw Mount Tai flying to Beijing." This is called a 'dangling participle', because it isn't clear whether "flying to Beijing" means you or the mountain. Comedy begins. There are some hilarious examples of dangling participles in Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know" and Robbie Williams' "Feel". See if you can find them. :)
March 26, 2011
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Olivia
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French
Learning Language
French