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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the opposite interpretations of the word “double” by two English writers in the following two sentences?
Joan and I slept in the living room on a bed that doubled as a sofa during the day. (Evan Hunter).
The living room was so narrow that when we opened up the day coach that doubled as bed, you couldn’t get through the room without climbing over it. (Willian A. Nolen).
double = fold in two/ fold in half, double up in the former sentence
double = unfold, spread put, stretch in the latter sentence
Thank you for your efforts.
double v...to serve an additional purpose or perform an additional duty. (Merriam Webster's)
His main job is being a cameraman, but he sometimes doubles as a reporter.
Hi conungursvia and 2006,
Thank you for your identical explanatory notes.
I was misled by the following “double” (ambiguous) interpretations of the term in question:
double (v) = to make twice as great; to fold in two; to be increased twofold; to turn sharply or all the way around; to make or become twice as great; to bend together or make a crease in so that one part lies over another
double (adv.) = in two: bent double
double: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
Thank you again for your insight and subtlety.
Ah, but "twofold" doesn't mean "fold in two" but fold has its origins in the Teutonic root "full".