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    Early dispatches included reports of American POWs being taken by Iraq, a friendly fire incident, and a U.S. soldier lobbing a grenade into the tent of one of his commanders.

    What does it mean? Thanks!

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    Friendly fire means that they were accidentally killed or hurt by soldiers on their own side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Friendly fire means that they were accidentally killed or hurt by soldiers on their own side.
    Yes. I suspect that the expression was intended ironically from the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tianshan
    Early dispatches included reports of American POWs being taken by Iraq, a friendly fire incident, and a U.S. soldier lobbing a grenade into the tent of one of his commanders.

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    excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?

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    POW means Prisoner Of War

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    Correction.

    Quote Originally Posted by vvaann
    excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?
    Excuse me , what does "POW" stand for?



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    Correction.

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    excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?
    Excuse me , what does "POW" stand for?
    RonBee, thanks. Let's assume that i wanted to ask Tianshan only, what should my sentence be? I mean a polite expression.

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    Correction.

    Quote Originally Posted by vvaann
    excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?
    Excuse me , what does "POW" stand for?
    RonBee, thanks. Let's assume that i wanted to ask Tianshan only, what should my sentence be? I mean a polite expression.
    So sorry. I didn't know you were directing that to Tianshan. <embarrassed> (All that sentence really needed was capitalization.) However, you can't really direct a question to one person only unless you send that person a private message. As you have seen, anybody can answer a question if he wants to. Also, if I post something in a thread the computer assumes that I want to know about any other postings in that thread.

    Definitely, that question was asked politely.

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    Dear RonBee,

    I'm still a bit confused. I cannot think of a problem directing a question to a specific person regardless of whether others know the answer!

    BTW, that's only the matter of making a sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvaann
    Dear RonBee,

    I'm still a bit confused. I cannot think of a problem directing a question to a specific person regardless of whether others know the answer!
    Sorry. I didn't mean to say there is a problem exactly.

    On most forums, if you post something to somebody only that person gets an email notification. On this forum, if you post something in a thread everybody who has posted in that thread gets an email notification. There isn't really any such thing as posting a question "to" somebody.

    There is no problem.

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