It does to me.
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Hi does this sentence make sense?
Her young hopes are extinct
It does to me.
Yes, to me too.
She is still young. She once had dreams and hopes. Something has happened to kill those dreams. She is still young, but without hope.
It may make sense gramatically, but I don't think that anyone would normally speak that way.
Her young hopes are gone.
Her young hopes have been dashed.
Her young hopes have been destroyed.
Her young hopes have turned out to be an illusion.
All of the above mean that the hopes are gone.
I am not a teacher.
It sounds pretty bad to me: "young" usually implies living (we don't read about young corpses) and extinct applies to entire species that can no longer be revived (unlike hope).
Her young's hopes are extinct.
However, after reading the responses I see what it was meant and believe that it is grammatically correct though confusing. I would have said:
Her youthful hopes are extinct.
Y'all have no sense of the drama of a poetic remark. Or perhaps the poetry of a dramatic remark. How much more meaning the reader can infer with "extinct" - killed off one by one. You can practically write an entire short story from that one statement.
The OP didn't ask "What is the most natural way to say this in conversation?" We were asked "Does it make sense?" Are you all suggesting it is nonsense, completely incomprehensible?
Thanks for all replies and sorry for the delay
I saw this sentence in a test, I couldn't work out what it was trying to say.
However after checking the dictionary I found these two:
no longer in use; obsolete: an extinct custom.
having ceased eruption; no longer active: an extinct volcano.
So can extinct be used for things like hope, or not?
I'd prefer something like....
Her youthful hopes were obliterated.
The reason being that I find it awkward to confuse an object and its properties, unless it really does sound poetic, like a synecdoche.
I found "young hopes" a bit confused, like your own government's concept of "drug enforcement." ;) Is it she who is young? Is she old, but the hopes were freshly imagined?
Last edited by konungursvia; 05-Nov-2009 at 19:07. Reason: added last sentence