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Topic: Best man, barely
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 3:46:19 AM
Thank you so much.
Topic: Christmas card, cross
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 3:44:24 AM
Last question "STRINGS of enchanted candles" explicitly state there were ropes too, doesn't it?

STRINGS= ropes?

Thank you all.

Topic: Best man, barely
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 3:02:18 AM
I am deeply sorry for bugging you, I really am.
But there must be some grammatical grounds that determine why we can use them both?
Topic: Christmas card, cross
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 2:51:24 AM
Thank you.
Though why the author didn't use "lamps" as they can't be just candles as "STRINGS of enchanted candles".
So there were ropes.


Second what would you use:
"Ice and umbrella" or "ice and an umbrella"?
Topic: Best man, barely
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 2:28:40 AM
Thank you. Though, I have seen examples in oxford dictionaries that says "a/the best man/junior minister". Apparently every one.
Topic: Best man, barely
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021 12:26:04 AM
Thank you.
Though,
1) Even the "best man" is uncountable, there is only one , then why not use "the" with it.

2) Why not "a/the Junior Minister"?

3) Like "Murdering", are there more exclamation where we just transform the noun into verb+ing?

4) Limb-from-limb
I knew what it meant. However what exactly does "from" mean here..its defintion?

Sorry for bugging you all, however I desperately want to know.

Thank you all.
Topic: Best man, barely
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:49:03 AM
All these excerpts are taken from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Quote:
Black was best man when James married Lily. Then they named him godfather to Harry.

We say "the best man" or "a best man" ?
It is countable as well.
Same with "godfather"?


Quote:
And then barely a week after the Fidelius Charm had been performed.

Does "barely" mean "promptly after a week" or "just before the end of a week"?

Quote:
He did indeed. Black was tired of his double-agent role, he was ready to declare his support openly for You-Know-Who, and he seems to have planned this for the moment of the Potters' death.

They were talking in past tense. Then why "seems to have" as it had already happened?


Quote:
I COMFORTED THE MURDERIN' TRAITOR!' Hagrid roared.

MURDERING?


Quote:
Pettigrew... that fat little boy who was always tagging around them at Hogwarts.

Does "tagging" mean "follow the lead of someone" or "follow without being invited"?


Quote:
Never quite in their league, talent-wise. I was often rather sharp with him.

Does "never quite" mean "not completely" or "completely opposite"?

Does "be sharp" mean "critical or hurtful"?


Quote:
I'd've ripped him limb-from-limb.

What exactly does "from" mean here?



Quote:
I was Junior Minister in the Department of Magical Catastrophes at the time.

Why not "the minister" assuming it is uncountable?
Quote:

"A crater in the middle of the street, so deep it had cracked the sewer below."

What's the difference between a sewer and gutter?


Quote:
'Well, there you have it, Rosmerta,' said Fudge thickly. 'Black was taken away by twenty members of the Magical Law Enforcement Patrol....

Does "there you have it" here is used to show "the simplicity of a situation"?


Quote:
There was a small chink of glass on wood.


There were many glasses so why not "chinks of.." or "chink of glasses"?


I would be immensely grateful for your answers.
Thank you
Topic: Christmas card, cross
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:17:16 AM
All these excerpts are from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Quote:
Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees.


1) Like a Christmas card, I think the author meant the image on a christmas card. Why not write that as the picture is only a part of the whole cart?

2) I guess we don't hang candles with strings but lamps. Did the author mean "lamps"?


Quote:
....his hands were freezing, so they crossed the road....

Now "cross" can also mean "go from one point to the other".
---------B------------
A Road D
----------C-----------
1) Can cross mean "to go from A to D" or only mean "to from C to B"?

2) Also this is a village, so I think we would call it a "lane" rather than a "road"?
Please explain.


Quote:
....where there was a small, vacant table between the window and a handsome Christmas tree which stood next to the fireplace....
The Christmas tree beside tgeir table rose a few inches off the ground, drifted sideways and landed with a soft thump right in front of their table, hiding them from view....
Harry saw four sets of chair legs move back from the table right beside theira,..

---Fireplace---the tree------A--

--------------------B----------
Which one would be the window and Why?
What would be the position of their table and the teacher's table?


Quote:
Professors McGonagall and Flitwick had just entered the pub in a flurry of snowflakes.

1) Flurry of snowflakes moves in the air so why "entered in a flurry.."?

2) Does snowflake mean "every piece of snow" or "the snow particles that look like a flower"?

Flitwick has ordered a drink.
Quote:
'A cherry syrup and soda with ice and umbrella-'


1) Is it only a single drink or two drinks?

2) How is soda different from the regular coca cola?

3) If he wants a umbrella in the glass, why not say "a umbrella" as it is a countable noun?


Topic: Buzz in the air, winding up
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 11:54:23 PM
Please answer.
Topic: over, mind you behave
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:27:40 PM
That's what I was thinking, though which one should I go with?

And there is one more question that missed out, please answer it as well.
Quote:


Ice Mice ('hear your teeth chatter and squeak!), peppermint creams shaped kike toads..........and exploding bonbons.

Teeth can't squeak even with the magic?
Difference between peppermint creams and bonbons as in the dictionary both of them have the same defintion?