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    Default How do you interpret this?

    Please read the story here:

    http://www.chickensoup.com/books/soup_2_sample_01.html

    About "He ran into the ninth-grade bully", which interpretation do you think is correct: the interpretation that he was bullied by the ninth-grade student during his eigth-grade year (i.e. a ninth-grade student bullying an eigth-year student), or that he became a ninth-grade student, and then he was bullied (i.e. bullying among ninth-grade students)?

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    He was bullied by the bigger student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    He was bullied by the bigger student. ;-)
    While he was still in the eighth-grade? Aren't there any possibility that he became a ninth-grade student, and then bullied by the bigger student of the same grade?

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    Default Re: How do you interpret this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Please read the story here:

    http://www.chickensoup.com/books/soup_2_sample_01.html

    About "He ran into the ninth-grade bully", which interpretation do you think is correct: the interpretation that he was bullied by the ninth-grade student during his eigth-grade year (i.e. a ninth-grade student bullying an eigth-year student), or that he became a ninth-grade student, and then he was bullied (i.e. bullying among ninth-grade students)?

    Taka
    Taken out of the context, the best interpretation, in my opinion, would be that he was bullied by the ninth-grade student as his grandmother said " every bad thing you do will also come back to you".
    What do you think ? :wink:

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    Default Re: How do you interpret this?

    Quote Originally Posted by henry

    Taken out of the context, the best interpretation, in my opinion, would be that he was bullied by the ninth-grade student as his grandmother said " every bad thing you do will also come back to you".
    What do you think ? :wink:
    Yeah, I agree with you. But my question is when he was bullied: while still in the eighth-grade or after being in the ninth-grade??

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    It could be either. there's no time indicator to suggest whether it happened whole the bully was still in the 8th grade or the following year. I don't know the American system, so I don't know the significance of the years. If 9th grade is the start of a new school, then I'd say that it was probably the following year. If not, then it could have been the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It could be either. there's no time indicator to suggest whether it happened whole the bully was still in the 8th grade or the following year. I don't know the American system, so I don't know the significance of the years. If 9th grade is the start of a new school, then I'd say that it was probably the following year. If not, then it could have been the next day. ;-)

    I understand.

    Thank you very much for your comments, tdol!

    Arigato!!

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    Default Re: How do you interpret this?

    Yeah, I agree with you. But my question is when he was bullied: while still in the eighth-grade or after being in the ninth-grade??
    I am not quite sure of when it could have happened since there is no cue that could confirm whether it's during or after.
    In other words, I can't tell when!

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    Default Re: How do you interpret this?

    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Yeah, I agree with you. But my question is when he was bullied: while still in the eighth-grade or after being in the ninth-grade??
    I am not quite sure of when it could have happened since there is no cue that could confirm whether it's during or after.
    In other words, I can't tell when!
    Thank you too, henry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It could be either. there's no time indicator to suggest whether it happened whole the bully was still in the 8th grade or the following year.
    By the way, tdol, did you mean to say while instead of whole ? A typo??

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