I have a question.
When someone says "It's my precious. You can't have it.",
I thought "precious" means "precious thing".
But according to my dictionaries, when you use "precious" as noun,
it says "One who is dear or beloved; a darling."
So in this case, does the sentence mean "you can't take my
darling away from me???" But you won't say "it" for a person, right?
I've not heard of "It's my precious", but that's not to say it's ungrammatical. 'precious' in that sentence substitutes for a noun, 'thing'.
'Precious' is often used as a diminutive. (In Japanese, for example, you use
the diminutives -chan or -kun at the end of someone's name, like Kittychan, or Satoshikun.) In English, speakers might use 'Precious' instead of a person's name. A mother might call her daughter or son, precious.
Ex: He's my precious; He's my darling.
All the best.
Thank you very much for your kind and lucid explanation.
You sound familiar with Japanese and Japanese culture.
Thank you again, and have a nice weekend,
Is this Gollum speaking? He refers to the ring as 'my precious'. Presumably it originally - even for him - meant 'my precious thing', but over the years his obsession grew until it became the only thing precious to him.
Originally Posted by tara
Last edited by BobK; 09-Feb-2007 at 17:44.
Reason: Fixed typo
Do you mean Gollum of "The Lord of The RIng"?
I've seen the movie, but didn't notice that.
The speaker is a high school boy who is half dreaming.
But since he loves movies and comics, it's quite possible that
he may refer the Gollum's line.
It's great to know.
Thank you so much for your information!
Have a nice weekend!
Thank you so much for your agreement with BobK's comment.
It's very convincing.
Thank you and have a nice weekend.
To err is human.
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