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Penz
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 2:53:01 AM

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Askaban.
Harry and his friends are on train. They are looking for a compartment.

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This only had one occupant, a man sitting fast sleep next to the window. Harry, Ron and Hermione checked on the threshold.

Check on?


There is a suitcase on the rack.
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The name Professor R.J. Lupin was stamped across one corner in peeling letters.

I don't think mostly name are written on corners. It would split in half. Perhaps, corner means something else here, doesn't it?
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 3:39:58 AM

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Penz wrote:
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Askaban.
Harry and his friends are on train. They are looking for a compartment.

Quote:
This only had one occupant, a man sitting fast sleep next to the window. Harry, Ron and Hermione checked on the threshold.

Check on?


There is a suitcase on the rack.
Quote:
The name Professor R.J. Lupin was stamped across one corner in peeling letters.

I don't think mostly name are written on corners. It would split in half. Perhaps, corner means something else here, doesn't it?


No it was stamped on the corner of the suitcase.
But not split into two halves, more like when you address a formal letter. Here the name Albert Einstein is in the top right corner.

Penz
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 3:48:23 AM

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And the first question? Thanks though.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 8:24:06 AM

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Harry, Ron and Hermione stopped on the threshold of the compartment.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/check
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6. VERB
If you check yourself or if something checks you, you suddenly stop what you are doing or saying.

FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 10:24:29 AM

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Sarrriesfan wrote:
Harry, Ron and Hermione stopped on the threshold of the compartment.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/check
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6. VERB
If you check yourself or if something checks you, you suddenly stop what you are doing or saying.



This is an expression that is rarely used in AmE. The only example of it I can recall is in the game of ice hockey where to "check" a player is to stop their advance.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, April 30, 2021 11:19:11 AM

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FounDit wrote:
Sarrriesfan wrote:
Harry, Ron and Hermione stopped on the threshold of the compartment.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/check
Quote:
6. VERB
If you check yourself or if something checks you, you suddenly stop what you are doing or saying.



This is an expression that is rarely used in AmE. The only example of it I can recall is in the game of ice hockey where to "check" a player is to stop their advance.


It’s not that common in British English either.
Penz
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And what's a threshold in the compartment?
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Posted: Saturday, May 1, 2021 4:56:34 AM

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Threshold
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threshold noun (ENTRANCE)

[ C ]
the floor of an entrance to a building or room


The doorway, the entrance.

Literally, it is the wood, stone etc on the ground, that you step over.



In this case it is the broader meaning - at the doorway. The difference between being outside and inside. Not stepping inside the compartment.

But that is why the preposition is 'on', because it refers to the floor.
at the entrance
in the doorway (if there is a door)
on the threshold

Metaphorically it is a boundary or limit that is crossed, making something start to happen. Eg the amount of earnings where you start paying taxes is a tax threshold.
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