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    Boy meets girl.

    Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

    It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.

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    Idiomatic, like 'long time no see'. A description of the classic confrontation. . . or enamoration: Boy meets girl.

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    An idiom Really?

    I didn't know that...

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    Correct me if wrong.
    The statement should be problematic since it is grammatically wrong.

    But it can still be seen in several occasions:
    - the heading in a newspaper (reason: to save space)
    - in a song (reason: rhyme, musical, pleasant to eye etc.)
    - conversation (reason: people are lazy :) )

    I think the person who said it was an idiom use this word loosely. They might wish to say it is just a casual statement like "long time no see". Grammatically incoorect for sure. Still acceptable in some sitautions.

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    Idioms often cheat on grammar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Boy meets girl.

    Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

    It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.
    To me it sounds more like a cliche. "Boy meets girl" should translate into "well, you know, it's one of those stories/situation/plots / fairy tales/ whatever/ where a boy meets a girl. We can usually expect a typical outcome of "boy meets girl". You have seen one of those stories - you've pretty well seen them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Boy meets girl.

    Why not "Boys meet girls. or "A boy meets a girl."???

    It sounds strange, but I've seen many of them.
    boy and girl are used as terms, not as nouns with actual referents (i.e., Mark, a boy, and Mary, a girl), per se:

    Boy (i.e., a term used to refer to young males) meets girl (i.e., a term used to refer to young females). Similarly, Man (humankind)meets world; Boykind meets girlkind.

    All the best,

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    Man bites dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Man bites dog.
    Saw it on the evening news already. They said the dog would be OK and that no charges would filed as long as Bush gives the squeaky-toy back. :wink:

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