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    Carved out

    I am carved out to write poems and I must do it.

    Can I use the phrase carved out to mean that God has endowed me with the quality to write poem.

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    Re: Carved out

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    Re: Carved out

    You can say you were made (or born) to write poems.

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    Re: Carved out

    You can say you were born with the gift of writing poetry.

    (Be careful who you boast about this to. There are some some pretty hard-boiled literary critics out there.)

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    Re: Carved out

    Or you can come right out and say 'I was born to write poetry, or 'I was born a poet', or even 'I am a born poet'.

    A common cliché is '... is in my DNA'; personally I think this is lamentable [to put it politely!], but it does happen.

    An example of carved out:
    In the years that followed he carved out for himself a niche in the area of 17th-century English furniture.
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    Re: Carved out

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    Um, why? (apart from the obvious). But I've occasionally read such lines as "He was carved out for a medical career." Naturally it's a metaphor.

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    Re: Carved out

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    Um, why? (apart from the obvious).
    The obvious struck me. "I am carved out to write poems and I must do it" just does not work.
    But I've occasionally read such lines as "He was carved out for a medical career." Naturally it's a metaphor.
    I can just about imagine that being said. I can't imagine it as a first person utterance.

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    Re: Carved out

    I agree with 5jj, but I have heard the expression "I was cut out to be a pilot/brain surgeon/gangster etc etc"
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Carved out

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I have heard the expression "I was cut out to be a pilot/brain surgeon/gangster etc etc"
    That sounds far more natural to me.

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