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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 5:29:13 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

His grunt was half-sigh and he applied the handbrake to assist his foot pressure.


Does the underlined mean that he uttered a short low sigh?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:03:59 AM

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He growled shortly. Or something like that ;-)



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Orson Burleigh
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:28:59 AM

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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

His grunt was half-sigh and he applied the handbrake to assist his foot pressure.


Does the underlined mean that he uttered a short low sigh?


The rider (bicycle? scooter? moped? small motor-cycle?) seems to have combined a sound which involuntarily accompanies physical effort (the grunt) with the slow exhalation of breath (the sigh) which stems from and expresses mixed exasperation and resignation.

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