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OK. None of the languages is consistantly logic,I guess. Right. Of mine is funny too. Better drop the thing then as more and more of these illogical things will turn up.
How can language be logic as we aren't either. (not wanting to offend the totally logic person, whoever he/she might be, on this board )
I still have a totally unreliable computer situation. So I salute you all. Till the next five mites may turn up.

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I thought of another example of the genitive not indicating possession:

"There is a red Ford pickup truck in the parking lot blocking access to the loading area. Will the truck's owner please report to customer service."

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So, the parking lot is blocking access to the loading area? Why is the truck taking the blame? wink

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Originally Posted By: twosleepy
So, the parking lot is blocking access to the loading area? Why is the truck taking the blame? wink


Uh-huh. What's the word for someone who exhibits willful misunderstanding?

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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: twosleepy
So, the parking lot is blocking access to the loading area? Why is the truck taking the blame? wink


Uh-huh. What's the word for someone who exhibits willful misunderstanding?


Faldage?


/snicker


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I like that 'truck's owner' genitive. Good one.
And: would it be "my friend and me went to the store".
Me went to the store????
We have definitely been thru this before.


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You guys must do this all day long to become "carpal tunnel".


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Well Javaneight, I don't think me ever made seven posts a day. grin
But it žs a somewhat addictive business.

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Originally Posted By: LukeJavan8
You guys must do this all day long to become "carpal tunnel".


heh

I've been here 5 and a half years, so... it adds up.

:¨ )


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Originally Posted By: Faldage
Originally Posted By: twosleepy
So, the parking lot is blocking access to the loading area? Why is the truck taking the blame? wink


Uh-huh. What's the word for someone who exhibits willful misunderstanding?


Faldage?


/snicker


Uh-huh.

So lessee, how could I have worded it so y'all couldn't possibly distort the meaning. The original was:
Quote:
"There is a red Ford pickup truck in the parking lot blocking access to the loading area."


How about :

"There is a red Ford pickup truck blocking access to the loading area in the parking lot."

No, that makes it sound like the loading area is in the parking lot.

How about:

"In the parking lot there is a red Ford pickup truck blocking access to the loading area."

Well, that's a little awkward, isn't it.


How about:

"There is a red Ford pickup truck in the parking lot blocking access to the loading area."

Yeah, that's it. Wait a minute, that's the original. Hmm.

And who's blaming anyone, or thing?

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