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    What is it called when you say something 'is' or 'was' something in the below context. Not exactly a very clear explanation on the question, but I'm stumped.

    Is it just a descriptive word of the door?

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    "The door WAS a brick wall that divided the pathway"


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    My reading of your question is:

    What is the term used to describe the situation, as per the sentence, where, although it's really a door, it effectively acts as a brick wall blocking the pathway.

    Would that be what was meant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    My reading of your question is:

    What is the term used to describe the situation, as per the sentence, where, although it's really a door, it effectively acts as a brick wall blocking the pathway.

    Would that be what was meant?

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    .... which makes the phrase 'brick wall' an oddly explicit metaphor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    .... which makes the phrase 'brick wall' an oddly explicit metaphor.

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    Of course, Bob, an "OEM"!
    You took the words right out of my mouth.


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