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    Red sweater

    I am reading the below sentences.

    Odo is an old man. A youth is visiting his house. Below is what he is thinking when saw the youth.

    'Shifty, Odo considered, and dirty-looking. The shoes he wore, once white, the kind of sports shoes you saw about these days, were filthy now. His black trousers hung shapelessly; his neck was bare, no sign of a shirt beneath the red sweater that had some kind of animal depicted on it.'

    1. Red sweater: I went to internet and saw it is some kind of red garment. To me, it looks very similar to something call Pullover but a bit thinner. Please someone explain the difference between two. One use in winter and another in summer?
    2. neck was bare: means no tie?

    thanks for your help!

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    Re: Red sweater

    In BrE: sweater = jumper = pullover.

    They're pretty much identical.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Red sweater

    A sweater can have many shapes. It is a top and it's knit, but aside from that, it can have a v-neck, a round neck, a turleneck, etc. It can have buttons or be a pullover.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Red sweater

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE: sweater = jumper = pullover.

    They're pretty much identical.
    Not really since I saw Women red sweater there are buttons in front of it.

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    Re: Red sweater

    Quote Originally Posted by Quang Hai View Post
    Not really since I saw Women red sweater there are buttons in front of it.
    So are you telling me then that all sweaters have buttons? OK then, well, if you already knew the answer, I don't know why you asked the question.

    I will repeat, since clearly you didn't believe me the first time:

    In BrE: Sweater = jumper = pullover.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Red sweater

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    So are you telling me then that all sweaters have buttons? OK then, well, if you already knew the answer, I don't know why you asked the question.

    I will repeat, since clearly you didn't believe me the first time:

    In BrE: Sweater = jumper = pullover.
    Dear emsr2d2, I hope that you are not upsetting :). I do not intend to make you upset at all. I also did not state that all sweater has button. I only saw some women sweater has. Well, certainly I do not know the answer. What I am asking is in what season people wear the sweater and when they wear pullover. As non-native english speaker, I thought that sweater is related to summer ( sweat) while pullover is in winter. But it seems not :). thanks for your help

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    Re: Red sweater

    A knitted garment with buttons at the front is normally called a cardigan in BrE. For me, personally, a sweater is thicker than a pullover, though my 'woolly pullie' (pullover) in the services was thick and heavy. For me, personally, 'jumper' is a slightly dated word that can refer to either a sweater or a pullover.

    I have stressed the word 'personally' because other people have different ideas. There are no absolute answers here, and I think that ems's "sweater = jumper = pullover" is as helpful a summary as you will find for BrE usage.

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