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    The odd word = odd words

    The Beach by Alex Garland:

    Etienne shifted over on my bed and patted the space he had made. Francoise stayed in the doorway. 'I did not wait for you,' he said, presumably speaking in English for my sake. 'I met Richard.' She didn't follow the language lead and began rattling away in French. I couldn't follow their conversation past recognizing the odd word, including my own name, but the speed and forcefulness of the exchange made me think that either she was pissed off that he'd left without her, or she was just keen to fill him in on what had happened at the police station.


    I can understand that 'the odd word' means 'some words'. But I can not understand the grammatical structure here. Something concerning articles and generalization. Hope for your help.

    Michael


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    Re: The odd word = odd words

    Quote Originally Posted by Grablevskij View Post
    I couldn't follow their conversation past recognizing the odd word, including my own name,


    I can understand that 'the odd word' means 'some words'. But I can not understand the grammatical structure here. Something concerning articles and generalization. Hope for your help.

    Michael
    If I paraphrase it as follows: I could not follow their conversation [apart from the occasional word - including my own name] does this make it easier to see?

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    Re: The odd word = odd words

    Unfortunately I still can not see what the matter is.

    Michael

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