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    Bummer. There goes my "no-one-will-get-that-obscure-referece" pleasure.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 14-Sep-2012 at 12:03. Reason: Remove snide comment from previous poster.
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    Back with 'hatch' (remember that?), I've just noticed that my 'ambivalent' should have been 'polyvalent'. These three all refer to the same event:

    • The hen hatched the egg
    • The egg hatched
    • The chick hatched


    I'm not sure about 'The hen hatched the chick.' It doesn't feel right, although in the figurative sense the object can be the result: 'They hatched a plot'.

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    Back with 'hatch' (remember that?), I've just noticed that my 'ambivalent' should have been 'polyvalent'. These three all refer to the same event*:

    • The hen hatched the egg
    • The egg hatched
    • The chick hatched


    I'm not sure about 'The hen hatched the chick.' It doesn't feel right, although in the figurative sense the object can be the result: 'They hatched a plot'.

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    PS* Note: I didn't say they meant the same. They refer to the same even but with a different focus.
    Last edited by BobK; 14-Sep-2012 at 14:38. Reason: Added PS

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