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    Red face eggs are born

    While a child is born - is ok

    I suppose 'eggs are born' isn't, right?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    A child is born. A chicken is born. Both come from an egg. An egg isn't born, an egg is where life begins.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Sep-2012 at 08:18.

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    And in the case of birds and other species born from eggs: eggs are laid (lay eggs is what female birds/fish do).

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    How about

    1) Butterflies are first borned as eggs. Does it make any sense?

    2) Also, I've come across something like "she was born Josephine XXXX "

    Does it mean that she was born to be called Josephine XXX?

    thank you very much

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    1) Butterflies are first borned as eggs. Does it make any sense?
    No

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    "Butterflies are first born as eggs" is very unnatural even with "born" instead of "borned".

    Butterflies start life as eggs. Of course, the eggs hatch into caterpillars which eventually build a cocoon and then re-emerge as butterflies.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    Eggs HATCH!

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    It's a schizophrenic sort of verb - I imagine there may be a word for verb that can be both transitive and intrensitive, but if so I don't know it. 'Ambivalent' would be less ... er... striking () than 'schizophrenic'. Eggs hatch and they are hatched. Both work.

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    Default Re: eggs are born

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    How about

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    2) Also, I've come across something like "she was born Josephine XXXX "

    Does it mean that she was born to be called Josephine XXX?

    thank you very much
    No. The clue is in the term 'given name'; 'Josephine' is the name that was give to her at birth. Sentences that start 's/he was born <name>...' often (but not always) go on '... but was more widely known as <other-name>.' for example 'She was born Mary Ann Brailsford, but when she planted some apple pips that produced a unique and versatile cooking apple she came to wider notice as Mrs Bramley' or 'She was born Marie Skldowska, but is more widely known as the wife of Pierre Cure'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    No. The clue is in the term 'given name'; 'Josephine' is the name that was give to her at birth. Sentences that start 's/he was born <name>...' often (but not always) go on '... but was more widely known as <other-name>.' for example 'She was born Mary Ann Brailsford, but when she planted some apple pips that produced a unique and versatile cooking apple she came to wider notice as Mrs Bramley' or 'She was born Marie Skldowska, but is more widely known as the wife of Pierre Cure'.

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    One more thing to note, Tedwonny: "born to" is an idiom referring to a natural talent or strong inclination to do something. "I was born to waterski!" or "I was born to be a flight attendant!"
    So when you say "she was born to be called Josephine," it sounds strange.

    (Not a teacher)
    Last edited by raphey; 11-Sep-2012 at 18:46. Reason: forgot *not a teacher*

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