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    #1

    I can't see myself from the side.

    Hello,

    Here is a sentence from my student's short introduction on a virtual poster:
    'It is not very easy to speak about myself because I can't see myself from the side'
    I do understand what she tried to say, but the 'can't see myself from the side' part does not sound good to me.
    In Russian it does, though.
    Maybe she should change it to 'It is not very easy to speak about myself because I can't judge myself fairly'.

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: I can't see myself from the side.

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    I think you're right about the meaning your student was going for, but what they wrote doesn't quite make sense. Perhaps, "...I can't see myself from the outside." (or "from without" if you're feeling poetic).
    Maybe we could make a better determination with a picture of the poster.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 03-Nov-2012 at 17:01.

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    #3

    Re: I can't see myself from the side.

    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    Here is a sentence from my student's short introduction on a virtual poster:
    'It is not very easy to speak about myself because I can't see myself from the side'
    I do understand what she tried to say, but the 'can't see myself from the side' part does not sound good to me.
    If you think of your student looking at herself in the mirror, then she can indeed see herself face on, but not from the side.

    OK, if she has extra mirrors, arranged at the right angles, she can see herself from the side and from behind, but she has presented a vivid image. Poets might argue with the langauage, but it's fine from a grammatical point of view.

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    Re: I can't see myself from the side.

    What you yourself said seems good to me.

    ( I AM NOT SURE) BUT I would go for "because my view towards myself is limited" . or " I cannot have a clear picture of myself"
    " I cannot have a bird's-eye view towards myself" <<< is quite metaphoric.
    I am not sure whether what I said seem natural or not .

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    #5

    Re: I can't see myself from the side.

    Quote Originally Posted by M1na View Post
    What you yourself said seems good to me.

    ( I AM NOT SURE) BUT I would go for "because my view towards myself is limited" . or " I cannot have a clear picture of myself"
    " I cannot have a bird's-eye view towards myself" <<< is quite metaphoric.
    I am not sure whether what I said seem natural or not .
    I am not really sure what you are saying here.

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