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    If A is "carved into" B, doesn't it mean the whole A is shaped into B? Tteok is Korean rice cake, and some rice cake was carved into rose shape in an exhibition, and the translation goes "Some have rose-shaped carved on them", which I think is wrong. I think "carved into" and "carved on(inscribed)" are different. "Some have roses carved on them" means "Some rice cakes have such partially carved rose-shape on them". What do you think?

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    ex)...At the exhibition, you could see traditional tteok dishes(from all over the nation) and "fusion" tteok(with chocolate, strawberry syrup, and even fresh cream). Some were delicately carved into roses and some were stuffed with gimchi...
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    Default Re: carved into roses

    If a rice cake were carved into a rose shape, yes, I would expect the final product to be the shape of a rose, made out of one single rice cake.

    If the shape of a rose had been carved into a rice cake, then I would expect to see a single rice cake (square or round) with a representation of a rose carved onto its surface.
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    Default Re: carved into roses

    You are right.

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    Default Re: carved into roses

    Thanks a lot, and I feel my guess was right. But I have a grammar question about this part. Is "which is" omitted here as a non-restrictive clause or is it a participial clause describing "the final product"?

    ..I would expect the final product to be the shape of a rose, made out of one single rice cake.
    => ...a rose,(which is) made out of one single rice cake

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