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    we must take our medicine

    "I've been shut up here long enough to repent bitterly the destruction of Tiktok. Of course Ozma will have revenge, and send an army to fight us, but we must take our medicine. One thing comforts me: Tiktok wasn't really a live person."
    we must take our medicine??

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    Smile Re: we must take our medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    "I've been shut up here long enough to repent bitterly the destruction of Tiktok. Of course Ozma will have revenge, and send an army to fight us, but we must take our medicine. One thing comforts me: Tiktok wasn't really a live person."
    we must take our medicine??
    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    But I think I can help you. Maybe in your case 'take our medicine' means you deserve to be punish.

    Hope it's help you.

    Cordially,

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    Re: we must take our medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    But I think I can help you. Maybe in your case 'take our medicine' means you deserve to be punished.

    Hope it's help you.

    Cordially,
    It means a little more than that. It means we must suffer something unpleasant ('deserve to be punished') for our own good. The metaphor refers to unpleasant-tasting medicine:

    Child: 'I don't want to take it. It tastes yuck.'
    Parent: 'You have to take it. It will do you good. Hold your nose and drink it all down in one go.'

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    Re: we must take our medicine

    Good afternoon teacher Bobk,

    Thanks for your correction, however will be enough kind to explain me why it must be 'to be punished'.

    Oh! I am not agreeing with you about your interpretation of
    'take our medicine'. I argue my opinion.In the quote the focus of the issue is the war and naturally I in mind It is not to take care of the health person in this extract.

    Do you follow the way of what I think?

    See you soon.

    The French.

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    Re: we must take our medicine

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Good afternoon teacher Bobk,

    Thanks for your correction, however will be enough kind to explain me why it must be 'to be punished'.

    Oh! I am not agreeing with you about your interpretation of
    'take our medicine'. I argue my opinion.In the quote the focus of the issue is the war and naturally I in mind It is not to take care of the health person in this extract.

    Do you follow the way of what I think?

    See you soon.

    The French.
    In that context your interpretation is right; but often (always among speakers who care about meanings!) there is a sense of being improved in some way. Perhaps this is an English thing. For example, at my oldest brother's school (he is now in his 70s), the boys were expected to shake hands with their teacher after they were punished. The idea was that being punished was good for you. My apologies for ignoring the context.

    As for 'being punished', that's just the way it is: in English (as in French) the construction calls for a past participle: punished/puni. The rest of the phrase doesn't work the same in both languages, but they both use a past participle.

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