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    Question packed crowd-capacity crowd (and more)

    Hello everybody! I hope you are all in good health!
    I would appreciate your help on the following.
    1. The game took place before a _______ crowd of 70.000 fans.
    a.packed
    b. capacity
    The teacher's book gives (b)capacity as the correct answer and I wonder if it is correct and what's wrong with (a) packed
    2.-"We got here in just fifteen minutes."
    -"______ driving, it doesn't surprise me."
    a. With Bill doing
    b. With Bill
    According to my book again the correct answer is (a)With Bill doing, but I think it should be With Bill doing the driving..And generally anwer (b) sounds more natural to me.Any suggestions??
    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by zahari; 06-Mar-2007 at 22:46.

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    Default Re: packed crowd-capacity crowd (and more)

    Hi!
    A crowd can't be "packed", only a location. A "capacity crowd" means the venue is filled to capacity (in this case, 70,000..the maximum number allowed or accommodated)
    #2 is NOT correct; it should be either "with Bill driving" or "Bill doing the driving" OOPS! No book is perfect

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    Default Re: packed crowd-capacity crowd (and more)

    Thank you so much Fiona!!!Yes, it's clear now.

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    My pleasure

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    Default Re: packed crowd-capacity crowd (and more)

    Hello Zahari,

    Don't forget that (in English) you separate the 1000s with a comma, not a stop, e.g.

    1,000
    2,543,000
    3,000,467,970

    A "capacity crowd of 70.000" implies a very small stadium, in English!

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Hi!
    A crowd can't be "packed", only a location. A "capacity crowd" means the venue is filled to capacity (in this case, 70,000..the maximum number allowed or accommodated)
    I must say that I've heard 'packed crowd' quite often, Fiona. To me, it gives the feeling of an over-capacity crowd. The meaning I take from the adjective, 'packed', is that it is a crowd that has been really packed into whatever location is under discussion.

    Maybe it's a dialect thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Hi!
    A crowd can't be "packed", only a location. A "capacity crowd" means the venue is filled to capacity (in this case, 70,000..the maximum number allowed or accommodated)
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    So, zahari, if it's a capacity crowd the stadium is packed.

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    Didn't see Rk's latest before I posted. I agree - it's probably dialectal.

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    Default Re: packed crowd-capacity crowd (and more)

    There's also 'an overflow crowd', which to my mind comes close to 'a packed crowd'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    There's also 'an overflow crowd', which to my mind comes close to 'a packed crowd'.
    We don't have them in the UK any more - Health and Safety Regulations

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