Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    cross-border / cross-line

    Dear teachers,

    Recently I read the NYT’s article “Pakistan Angry as Strike by U.S. Kills 11 Soldiers” where my attention was attracted by the expression in bold in the following sentence:

    NATO and American commanders say cross-border attacks in Afghanistan by insurgents have risen sharply since talks for those peace deals began in March.

    Knowing that “line” = “a border or boundary” I thought I might replace “border”with “line” as a result of that it came the following sentence:

    NATO and American commanders say cross-line attacks in Afghanistan by insurgents have risen sharply since talks for those peace deals began in March.

    Would you be kind enough tell me whether it is possible the mentioned above paraphrasing?

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

  1. Soup's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,892
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    NATO and American commanders say cross-border attacks ...

    NATO and American commanders say cross-line attacks ...

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your square refusal to paraphrasing in my last post above.

    Please exuse my persistence but I would know your attitude to following sentence:

    NATO and American commanders say cross-borderline attacks in Afghanistan by insurgents have risen sharply since talks for those peace deals began in March.

    Thank you for your effort.

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 14-Jun-2008 at 12:56.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    Now you are playing with the words and semantics.

    Cross-border = the actions takes place across the borders of two countries.

    Cross-borderline = a borderline is a parameter - something that separates two different qualities. It is not used to refer to political borders

    Cross-border line = a line that is taken across the borders of two countries.

  2. Soup's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,892
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    Ex: NATO and American commanders say cross-borderline attacks in Afghanistan ...
    _______________
    vil, what does this mean?
    Thank you for your square refusal to paraphrasiung in my last post above.
    _______________
    Correction

    Please excuse my persistence, but I would like to know what you think about/your thoughts on the grammaticallity of the following sentence:

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you again for your patience.

    Now I will try and find a way to explain to you my imperfect sentence “Thank you for your square refusal to paraphrasing in my last post above.”

    square refusal = flat refusal (categorical, unconditional refusal)
    paraphrasing = interpretation, rewording

    I used the mentioned above sentence in order to express my gratitude to you for your effort to bring me into line by means of categorical rejection of every unfit for use word or expression which are in the end an by-product of my abortive attempt to use my own brain.

    Thank you for your edifying correction my original sentence of the mentioned above post.

    Regards.

    V.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bulgarian
      • Home Country:
      • Bulgaria
      • Current Location:
      • Bulgaria

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,000
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your delicate elucidation.

    Regards.

    V.

  3. Soup's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 5,892
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: cross-border / cross-line

    vil, thank you for the explanation. A simple "thanks" will suffice. Otherwise, the knee-deep wading involved with the mental gymnastsics of the verbosity you so creatively give birth to has one inundated to the point of drowing in the language.

Similar Threads

  1. cross the line
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-Jun-2008, 21:52
  2. line
    By peter123 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-Apr-2008, 03:32
  3. cross the line
    By thru in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2007, 20:55
  4. safety line, security line or yellow line?
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23-Sep-2004, 03:03

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •