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Reiko07
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 5:23:54 AM

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sweep
transitive verb
2. to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) as with a broom or brushing movement
(Sweep dictionary definition | sweep defined)

Which of the following two analyses is correct?

[ANALYSIS 1]
as = for example

[ANALYSIS 2]
to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) as with a broom or brushing movement
=
to remove or clear away (dirt, debris, etc.) in the way/manner in which one would do with a broom or brushing movement

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
thar
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 7:05:07 AM

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Well, they mean pretty much the same thing, don't they.

For example with a broom or brushing movement.

In the manner of using a broom of a brushing movement.
Since it includes the more general 'brushing movement', it includes other examples such as using a hand or another implement - so the result is the same, surely!

Remember the 'definitions' are just someone's attempt to express one word by using several other words - they are rarely going to be exact because that is the meaning that the original word expresses. And a simple word like 'as' that has so many meanings - you need to assign a meaning each time and that will always depend on context.

You know how a dictionary works -
sweep - ____ a brushing movement

the word 'as' there is really how you would put those two ideas together - the word and the explanation.

Personally, I read that and think
sweep - use a movement like a brushing movement
sweep - move a brush in the same way as what you call a brushing movement
Romany
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Koh - this is the same question - relating to what "as" means in a dictionary explanation - as was answered a couple of days ago.

The answer hasn't changed.
thar
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 7:48:49 AM

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Reiko07 not Koh
Romany
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:09:16 AM
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Oh - I do beg your pardon, Reiko -

This is what happens when I sit down at the computer without having had a cup of coffee: total insanity!!

I do apologise.

thar
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But the other thread was by Reiko07 as well, so the point stands - just not addressed to KohEl.
Reiko07
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thar wrote:
Well, they mean pretty much the same thing, don't they.

Thank you very much.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2019 9:10:29 PM

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Romany wrote:
The answer hasn't changed.

Thank you very much.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
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Romany wrote:
Oh - I do beg your pardon, Reiko -

This is what happens when I sit down at the computer without having had a cup of coffee: total insanity!!

I do apologise.


No problem.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
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