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RE: We-Write #2: By the Sea + Last Week's Winner Announced!

in #wewrite3 years ago

Hi there... Just trying to clarify.

They say a ship’s run aground over near Harper’s Cove

Is that ship's or ships?


Hi, it's "a ship's run aground", as in the contracted form of 'a ship has run aground', singular. Hope that helps!

I see. You've taken me (a foreigner) to such an abyss of English language that I feel acrophobic. I still not so sure what this phrase means. "Aground" based on the dictionary definition means "resting on the bottom" So I cannot visualize how a ship can run on the bottom. On the bottom of what? Ocean? Do you mean a submarine?

Ah, found it - it's an idiomatic expression - meaning...

run aground/ashore. (also run onto the rocks) If a ship or boat runs aground/ashore, it hits the coast, sometimes becoming stuck there. Staying afloat, capsizing & sinking. bail sth out.


Good detective work! I applaud you for tackling the oddities of the English language.

Thanks! There are those whom English proficiency was handed with the milk of their mothers. The rest of the World have to work at it. Yet for them, the proficiency in English will be ever-receding Fata Morgana. LOL

I studied German in college, and was pleased to find the rules are straightforward with very few exceptions. I don't understand how anyone can figure out English as a second language. It's such a mess!

As they say "There is a wish there is a way" ))) Seriously, I am still making many mistakes especially in the use of prepositions, in placing verbs into proper tenses and in the use of articles. Also, the English semantic model is quite different.

You are doing very well!!

"I should warn you, young lady, I am very susceptible to flattery" )))

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