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    #1

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    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2"
    1. An ass hearing some grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted.
    2. An ass having heard some grasshoppers chirping, was highly enchanted

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    #2

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    In the second, the ass heard the grasshoppers first and felt enchanted when they had finished, while in the first the two could be at the same time, which strikes me as the more logical choice. There should be a comma after ass; without it, the subject and verb are separated by the second comma.

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    OMG when I first saw that I thought by 'ass' you mean part of the human body. Then I thought, no it can't be. I completely forgot about the ass animal :)
    Just out of curiosity, is there a big difference between donkey and an ass?


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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    OMG when I first saw that I thought by 'ass' you mean part of the human body. Then I thought, no it can't be. I completely forgot about the ass animal :)
    Just out of curiosity, is there a big difference between donkey and an ass?
    The AHD says that a donkey is a kind of ass.

    Here's Cambridge Dictionaries definition of the two creatures.

    ass Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press


    donkey Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Re: having

    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    OMG when I first saw that I thought by 'ass' you mean part of the human body. Then I thought, no it can't be. I completely forgot about the ass animal :)
    Just out of curiosity, is there a big difference between donkey and an ass?
    'Ass' the animal. 'Arse' part of the body.

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Ass' the animal. 'Arse' part of the body.
    'Arse' is more used in Britain, isn't it? I lived in Britain few years and I have heard it million times :) ...not aimed at me of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    'Arse' is more used in Britain, isn't it? I lived in Britain few years and I have heard it million times :) ...not aimed at me of course
    I think it's mostly a British word. You'll hear it in the US as well, though infrequently. In the US people mostly say it by replacing the "r" with an "s". That would be more typical.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    'Ass' the animal. 'Arse' part of the body.
    In the US it's both. So one has to be sure that the context makes clear what one is saying, especially if one only means to speak of the animal.

    One could use the word to call someone the animal, or use it to let someone know that he or she is an undesirable and detestable person. I guess it wouldn't make a difference. Both intentions are as equally insulting and offensive.
    Last edited by PROESL; 22-Aug-2009 at 00:09.

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    #9

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    Ass and Donkey are more or less same...
    Ass is more informal and very rarely used to refer the animal

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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    'Arse' is more used in Britain, isn't it? I lived in Britain few years and I have heard it million times :) ...not aimed at me of course
    You might find this interesting:
    Online Etymology Dictionary

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