Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. suprunp's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine

    • Join Date: Apr 2011
    • Posts: 526
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    burns to their stomach

    [1:45] Today the girls are being treated for burns to their face, chest, arms and stomach...
    (British women in Zanzibar acid attack; BBC News)

    I suppose he means 'the surface of the abdomen' rather than 'the organ inside one's body'.

    Is it immediately understood or is it slightly ambiguous (at least at first, since he is talking about acid burns, which may include burns 'inside' one's stomach)?

    Although I might not have heard everything correctly...

    Thanks.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 16,055
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: burns to their stomach

    You probably heard correctly.

    It is generally understood to mean 'the surface of the abdomen'.

  2. charliedeut's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 5,421
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: burns to their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    [1:45] Today the girls are being treated for burns to their face, chest, arms and stomach...
    (British women in Zanzibar acid attack; BBC News)

    I suppose he means 'the surface of the abdomen' rather than 'the organ inside one's body'. Yes.

    Is it immediately understood or is it slightly ambiguous (at least at first, since he is talking about acid burns, which may include burns 'inside' one's stomach)?, Possible, but not likely, unless they had been taken captive and forced to actually drink the acid, for instance.

    Although I might not have heard everything correctly...

    Thanks.
    charliedeut

    PS: Of course, if they had been forced to drink the acid, not just their stomach would have burns.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 09-Aug-2013 at 09:11. Reason: added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. stomach pain; stomach ache
    By sitifan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2011, 14:46
  2. [Vocabulary] Political Stomach
    By yamadew in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2010, 20:01
  3. with burns to 40 per cent of his body
    By AmerikaMagyar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Oct-2010, 18:13
  4. burns (Formaaaaaal)
    By amoora in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-Apr-2006, 05:58
  5. Essay on Robert Burns
    By twostep in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 07-Nov-2005, 17:59

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •