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    meaning of "towel wet"

    Dear teachers,

    Are there different meanings to the following expression in English?

    "She handed him the towel wet."

    a) a wet towel; and
    b) a towel wet ?
    What's the meaning of b), please?

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    Re: meaning of "towel wet"

    "She handed him the towel wet." = "She handed him the towel (which was) wet."

    Another example:
    "She handed him the towel soiled." = "She handed him the towel (which was) soiled."

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    Re: meaning of "towel wet"

    Hi Temico,

    Yes I understood that; but is b) more like a reproach compared to a) ?

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    #4

    Re: meaning of "towel wet"

    but is b) more like a reproach compared to a) ?
    You can say that but the meaning will still depend on the context of the sentence. e.g.
    "She handed him a towel wet with 'eau de cologne'."
    Last edited by Temico; 04-Oct-2005 at 12:30.

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    Re: meaning of "towel wet"

    'A wet towel' suggests that that is its expected condition. 'A towel wet' suggests that it has been wetted for the occasion. I think that context is still required to determine whether the action is reproachful, Hela.

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    Re: meaning of "towel wet"

    Thank you for your explanations.

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    Hela

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