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Re: Typo in Other Users text?

by davido (Archbishop)
on Nov 06, 2006 at 03:49 UTC ( #582374=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Typo in Other Users text?

"Others warm by the fire at the center of the monastery"

"warm", in that context is being used as a verb, as in "Come inside and warm yourself." or "Let's warm the chicken in the microwave." I actually don't think that's quite what we (the Monastery) intended, but that's how it's being used.

"Warmed" could be a present participle attaching itself to an unspoken but implied "are." Spelled out explicitly, it would be "Others are warmed by the fire at the center of the monastery." Again, I don't think that's quite what we intended.

"Warmed" could also be past participle, as in "Others were warmed..." But I don't think that's what we intended either.

"Warmed" could also be the past tense of "warm" (in some languages it might be considered a past incomplete, in this context). In that sense, "Others warmed by the fire at the center of the Monastery:" (followed by the list) is correct and probably what the text ought to say.

Another correct verbiage would be this:

Others warming by the fire at the center of the Monastery: (followed by the list, of course).

In this case "Others warming..." includes an implicit be-verb which is not spoken, though it could be. Spelling it out fully it would be, "Others who are warming..."

It's been ages since I diagrammed sentences in honors English in high school, so I may be way off, but if I am, just humor me because I'm unlikely to change the way I talk at this point in my life anyway. *grin*


Dave


Comment on Re: Typo in Other Users text?
Re^2: Typo in Other Users text?
by kiat (Vicar) on Nov 06, 2006 at 12:06 UTC
    Others examining the monastery: (19)

    That's another one of the headers.

    If warm is indeed intended as a verb with Others as the subject, then (as you've pointed out), warming (just like examining in the above) would have sounded better.
Re^2: Typo in Other Users text?
by blazar (Canon) on Nov 13, 2006 at 19:52 UTC
    "Others warm by the fire at the center of the monastery"
    "warm", in that context is being used as a verb, as in "Come inside and warm yourself." or "Let's warm the chicken in the microwave."

    or as in

    My grandma and your grandma
    Sitting by the fire
    My grandma says to your grandma
    "I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

    BTW, I second the need to ($_='warm').='ing' as hinted elsewhere in this thread.

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