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missfelicity
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 3:44:57 AM

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Three tailors had opened their shops in the same street, and as the competition was great, their business was bad. They were all very anxious to attract customers.
The first tailor tried to tempt the public by placing over his shop window this advertisement: The best tailor in the town. The second immediately hung up a large signboard, with this words: The best tailor in the world. The third was greatly puzzled, for he could not find a more attractive title. At last he painted on his shop the following words in big letters: The best tailor in the street.
The others were so vexed that they took away their signboards and closed their shops.

1. Does "the competition was great" mean "the competition was intense/fierce"?
2. I don't understand the meaning of "placing over his shop window this advertisement". Does this "over" mean the same as "over" in "all over the place"?
3. Does "he painted on his shop" leave out the word "window"? Should it be "he painted on his shop window"?

Thanks advance!
Romany
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 11:05:15 AM
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1. Yes, you have the right meaning.
2. This is an old piece of writing. We don't frame sentences like this in modern English. We say instead: "...by placing this advertisement over his shop window."
3. I don't think so at all. The first guy painted on his window. The third tailor decided to make his advertisement even larger and more prominant - so he painted it on his shop's wall.
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