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    Default "...like you need a ride..."

    I was paying little attention to a movie that my wife was watching, but then I heard and noticed an example of what I think is called zeugma.

    A character was saying to a hitchhiker that she and her husband had picked up that "You look like...(and the viewers expected "our son"). But, instead, she said "You look like (after a pause) you need a ride".

    How to diagram the second choice?

    Any ideas? Treat is as "You appear as if you need a ride" vs "You appear as if you were our son"? Does "like" have to be a conjunction vs a preposition here?

    In any case, I found it a clever bit of writing.

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    Default Re: "...like you need a ride..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I was paying little attention to a movie that my wife was watching, but then I heard and noticed an example of what I think is called zeugma.

    A character was saying to a hitchhiker that she and her husband had picked up that "You look like...(and the viewers expected "our son"). But, instead, she said "You look like (after a pause) you need a ride".

    How to diagram the second choice?

    Any ideas? Treat is as "You appear as if you need a ride" vs "You appear as if you were our son"? Does "like" have to be a conjunction vs a preposition here?

    In any case, I found it a clever bit of writing.

    "You look as if you were sick."

    I learned that "as if" is short for:

    You look as [you would look] if you were sick.

    So "You look as if/like you needed a ride." I guess we're dealing with

    a conjunction.


    James

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    Default Re: "...like you need a ride..."

    Makes sense.

    I have been away for a while, but I hope to do better.

    Frank

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