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    how to understand this sentence

    Hello, Teachers.

    How to understand the following sentence:
    Pride of place in her collection goes to the gold medal she won at the 1996 Olympics.

    I feel the subject of the verb 'go' is odd.

    Thank you in advance.

    Best regards.

    Enydia *^_^*

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    Hello,
    Note I'm not a teacher.

    Pride of place is the most important position in a group of things.

    I recon she has a big collection of medals. Imagine she won a golden medal in 1995 at a less important tournament than the Olympics nevertheless very important one. The golden medal then took the most important position in her collection, it took pride of place.
    Then in 1996 she won the golden medal at the Olympics and then pride of place (the most important position) went to that one.

    Cheers

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    I would expect to see "The place of pride..."

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    jewel in the crown?

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    Thank you for your replies. ^_^

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Note I'm not a teacher.

    Pride of place is the most important position in a group of things.

    I recon she has a big collection of medals. Imagine she won a golden medal in 1995 at a less important tournament than the Olympics nevertheless very important one. The golden medal then took the most important position in her collection, it took pride of place.
    Then in 1996 she won the golden medal at the Olympics and then pride of place (the most important position) went to that one.

    Cheers
    Now I think here 'goes' means 'is placed', and the sentence uses an inversion. So I think it should be To pride of place in her collection goes the gold medal she won at the 1996 Olympics.
    But I'm not very sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would expect to see "The place of pride..."
    All the examples I've found are without 'the'.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    jewel in the crown?
    I'm sorry I'm wondering what's your meaning.
    Last edited by enydia; 16-Jul-2008 at 03:27.

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    Dear teachers and friends,

    The original sentence (as follows) is from MacMellan English Dictionary.
    Pride of place in her collection goes to the gold medal she won at the 1996 Olympics.

    In my opinion, it should be 'to pride of place in her collection goes the gold medal she won at the 1996 Olympics'.

    Could you give me some advise?

    Thank you in advice.

    Enydia

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    Re: how to understand this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,
    Note I'm not a teacher.

    Pride of place is the most important position in a group of things.

    I recon she has a big collection of medals. Imagine she won a golden medal in 1995 at a less important tournament than the Olympics nevertheless very important one. The golden medal then took the most important position in her collection, it took pride of place.
    Then in 1996 she won the golden medal at the Olympics and then pride of place (the most important position) went to that one.

    Cheers
    Thank you, Jaskin.

    I want to add some of my thoughts.
    I think 'pride of place' is a position, which can not 'go'. So it is the medal that 'goes', and the writer of the sentence probably used an inversion.

    It's very nice to discuss with you.

    Best regards.

    Enydia ^_^

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