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Joe Kim
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 3:25:20 PM

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I am going to make the heart.

What does this mean?

1. You will make a shape that represents your organ that pumps blood.
2. You will make a shape that represents the love sign.

George Weischadle
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 4:09:27 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
I am going to make the heart.

What does this mean?

1. You will make a shape that represents your organ that pumps blood.
2. You will make a shape that represents the love sign.


Again, context of the question please. There's no reason to guess what you mean.
NKM
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 5:36:32 PM

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Whichever you mean, it would be "a heart", not "the heart" — unless you've been given a choice as to which of two or more shapes you want to make.

Joe Kim
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 5:48:52 PM

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NKM wrote:
Whichever you mean, it would be "a heart", not "the heart"


Thank you.

Then can you tell me what you mean by a heart and the heart? I don't understand what you are referring to.
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 9:03:49 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
NKM wrote:
Whichever you mean, it would be "a heart", not "the heart"


Thank you.

Then can you tell me what you mean by a heart and the heart? I don't understand what you are referring to.

NKM may be referring to an important distinction. To illustrate, consider "have a heart" compared to "I haven't the heart."
FounDit
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 10:25:18 PM

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You could make a heart, any heart, a small heart, a large heart, a romantic heart, or a heart that looks like the organ.

Or, given a choice between making a heart, and a star, you choose to make the heart. The heart is specific because it is the only one.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Joe Kim
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:08:25 PM

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FounDit wrote:
You could make a heart, any heart, a small heart, a large heart, a romantic heart, or a heart that looks like the organ.

Or, given a choice between making a heart, and a star, you choose to make the heart. The heart is specific because it is the only one.


Thank you.

So, if someone says "I am going to make the heart" abruptly, then you would have no possibility of knowing if it is the heart in your body, or a heart in your body(?), or a red heart, is that what you mean? The person said the, not a, with no context, but still this "the" wouldn't automatically point to your organ, is that what you mean?
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6:20:20 AM
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Joe -

If, as you say, the person just blurts out "I'm going to make the heart" with no other statement, then you'd pretty much have to be a world-class genius to understand what they meant! Such a sentence would probably be countered by every single question below!!

a) What do you mean 'the' heart? What heart are you talking about?
b) What kinds of heart are you talking about? Real ones or figurative ones?
c) How on earth do you 'make' a heart?
d) Why on earth do you want to make a heart?
e) Why are you telling me this, anyway? I've no idea what you're on about!!
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:51:48 AM

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Just as Romany said. Without context, it would make no sense.

A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Joe Kim
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:17:12 PM

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Thank you.

Those are funny. Then, how to say if you want to make an organ heart ?

"I am going to make an organ heart out of paper."?
IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:30:17 PM

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If you mean an ORIGAMI heart, you'll find some instructions below.

If you are talking about a correct English sentence, yours does not make any sense. Sorry.



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Joe Kim
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:23:21 PM

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Thank you.

Not an Origami heart. I mean the heart in your body, and the shape of the heart in your body that pumps blood.

" I am going to make (a or the heart) with paper?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:04:31 PM

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Hi Joe Kim.

If I had not said anything earlier about this, I would say
"I am going to make a paper model of a human heart."

You could say "I'm going to make a model of a heart."
Most people would understand this.

If you said "I'm going to make a paper heart", most people would understand that you meant a 'love-heart'- the .


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:01:10 PM
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Indeed, I cannot visualise making a model of a human heart from paper. Is there any chance that you mean the strips of paper one soaks and applies to a framework? If so, we use the French word for this because we couldn't be bothered finding one of our own: papier mache. (pap-ee-uh mash-ay). We'd say "I'm going to make a papier mache model of a human heart" and everyone would understand. (But they'd still be curious as to why you suddenly decided to say it right out of the blue!)
Joe Kim
Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 1:33:34 AM

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Thank you everyone.
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