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    Does "costumes" mean "people who wore festive costumes?"

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    “I wanted everyone to put down their cell phones and cameras and just look at the thing with their own eyes,” said Meghan Gordon, who ran out of her office just in time. “It gave me chills.”
    There were costumes, there were cheers and of course there were tears.
    At the at the National Air and Space Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly — Discovery’s new home — 8-year-old Alex Corica wandered the parking lot wearing an orange shuttle flight suit and a helmet too large to fit his head. He was ready not just to witness, but to fly.

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    Re: Does "costumes" mean "people who wore festive costumes?"

    You could infer 'people wearing costumes', but the word could just refer to the costumes themselves.

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    Re: Does "costumes" mean "people who wore festive costumes?"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You could infer 'people wearing costumes', but the word could just refer to the costumes themselves.
    Well. The costumes is unlikely referring to the costumes in the clothing shops there... it is irrelavent... the description seems tilted to me unless people wearing them to cheer the spectacle of the Discovery riding on a 747 Boeing. Simply saying there were costumes seems quite weird to me.
    Could you explain a bit more?

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    Re: Does "costumes" mean "people who wore festive costumes?"

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Well. The costumes is unlikely referring to the costumes in the clothing shops there... it is irrelavent... the description seems tilted to me unless people wearing them to cheer the spectacle of the Discovery riding on a 747 Boeing. Simply saying there were costumes seems quite weird to me.
    Could you explain a bit more?
    "There were costumes", as 5jj said, means simply that. If you understand it as "people wearing costumes" (which is a possible meaning), that's fine but it doesn't say that.

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    Re: Does "costumes" mean "people who wore festive costumes?"

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Well. The costumes is unlikely referring to the costumes in the clothing shops there... it is irrelavent... the description seems tilted to me unless people wearing them to cheer the spectacle of the Discovery riding on a 747 Boeing. Simply saying there were costumes seems quite weird to me.
    Could you explain a bit more?
    Did you read the bit about the 8 year old boy wearing an orange flight suit and a space helmet?

    He's not really an astronaut. He's a little boy wearing a costume.

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