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    Default the sun

    the sun measures about 860.000 miles in diameter


    Here is the problem, friend of mine saying this sentence is wrong, his argument is : (the sun measures) He says, implies to him that sun has a tape measure and goıng around measuring things. Absurd I know.:)
    but hes a new learner and how do I explain to him that, it doesnt mean what he thinks....

    Thanks in advance..

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    Default Re: the sun

    In your sentence, "measures" is used a verb.


    Here it is used as a noun:
    The measurement of the sun is about . . . .

    Take a measuring tape and . . . . (as an adjective)

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    Default Re: the sun

    Hi there,

    So is it wrong to say like this?


    the sun measures about 860.000 miles in diameter.

    Thanks
    pete

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    Default Re: the sun

    pete, it is ok to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpjockey View Post
    The sun measures about 860.000 miles in diameter.
    What's more, the verb measure is the linking verb here, so it can't indicate that somebody is doing something. In:

    John measured the sun.

    the verb measure is used as a transitive verb, and now you can say that somebody is (actually) measuring something.

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    Default Re: the sun

    The sun measures about . . . .

    simple present tense verb for the word "measure"

    I measure 5 foot on a good day.
    You measure the bed and I'll sew the pillows.
    She measures cloth for a living.

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