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    approval of a few sentences 2

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    The ice has thawed.
    thaw = melt
    The sidewalk thawed yesterday.
    The pond thaws (out) in April.
    He has thawed a bit after a glass of wine.
    We have to thaw a frozen chicken.
    I am gradually thawing.
    It is thawing.
    Use the ice quickly before it thaws out.
    A thaw sets in.
    He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Exclamation Re: approval of a few sentences 2

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?
    The ice has thawed. OK
    thaw = melt
    The sidewalk thawed yesterday. Ok The ice on it melted
    The pond thaws (out) in April. Ok Changed from frozen to liquid
    He has thawed a bit after a glass of wine. OK became less tense after taking wine.
    We have to thaw a frozen chicken. Ok to make it soft before cookimg.
    I am gradually thawing(=becoming friendly),towards everybody. OK
    It is thawing. Ok (The weather is getting warm enough for snow and ice to melt).
    Use the ice quickly before it thaws out. OK
    A thaw sets in. Ok (worm weather)
    He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas. I think this has a figurative meaning, canít makeout.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All are ok but what is meaning of the last one? Is that person immune to change of weather?(from extreme hot to chilling cold)


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    Re: approval of a few sentences 2

    The ice has thawed.
    thaw = melt
    This is okay if it means large bodies of outdoor ice -- such as on a pond.

    The sidewalk thawed yesterday.
    I think "The ice on the sidewalk thawed yesterday" would be better. Sidewalks don't thaw; they are always in the solid state.

    I am gradually thawing.
    "I am gradually thawing out" (using "out") would be used to say, "My body temperature is gradually coming back to normal."
    "I am gradually thawing" might be used if you mean "I am gradually warming up to that idea."

    Use the ice quickly before it thaws out.
    The change in state of ice cubes is almost always called "melt."

    I think the difference is that when food "melts," it goes from a solid to a liquid. But when something "thaws," it is still a solid, only now it's not frozen.
    - So you thaw a chicken but the ice cream melts.

    A thaw sets in.
    In New England, the "spring thaw" is an important weather event in rural or agricultural areas. Everything turns to mud, for one thing. For another, vernal water appears and runoff makes flowing water flood over its banks.

    A thaw in the Yukon or other cold areas can be disastrous, because rivers that are frozen are easy to cross (in fact, they are even good roads.) But an unexpected or early thaw can keep you stranded on the wrong side of an impassible waterway. In addition, flooding can be serious.
    Spring Thaw Triggers Damaging Floods in Alaska - WSJ.com

    One of the theories about why Christopher McCandless died of starvation in Alaska is that he crossed a river when it was frozen, but could not cross back to civilization once it was in flood.
    Christopher McCandless - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: approval of a few sentences 2

    Hi sarat 106,

    Thank you for your unremitting backing.

    As for the person in question it is the well-known Scrooge of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

    Here are a few additional explanatory words presiding the last exemplary sentence in my original post above.

    The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty time was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

    Regards,

    V


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    Re: approval of a few sentences 2

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi sarat 106,

    Thank you for your unremitting backing.

    As for the person in question it is the well-known Scrooge of Dickensí ďA Christmas CarolĒ.

    Here are a few additional explanatory words presiding the last exemplary sentence in my original post above.

    The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty time was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

    Regards,

    V
    So this is a metaphorical coldness -- a coldness of heart. The literary device is to carry out an extended metaphor by drawing a comparison between his cold-hearted appearance and the appearance of actual low temperatures.

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