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    dear friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    He has resigned in a row about fact A and over fact B.

    to me, 'in a row' means 'in a series without interruption'. I can't understand its usage in the blue sentence. Does it mean he resigned twice?

    I'd find it a bit odd to have...

    He has resigned in a series without interruption about fact A and over fact B.

    Thank you.

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    Re: resigned in a row

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    dear friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    He has resigned in a row about fact A and over fact B.

    to me, 'in a row' means 'in a series without interruption'. I can't understand its usage in the blue sentence. Does it mean he resigned twice?

    I'd find it a bit odd to have...

    He has resigned in a series without interruption about fact A and over fact B.

    Thank you.
    In this sentence "a row" is an argument, an altercation, it's pronounced as "cow".

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    Re: resigned in a row

    so it means he resigned under not-so-friendly terms?

    Why is 'row' pronounced like 'cow' in this case?

    Thank you

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    Re: resigned in a row

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    so it means he resigned under not-so-friendly terms?

    Why is 'row' pronounced like 'cow' in this case?

    Thank you
    Probably because of it's origins, see below:

    row (3) "noisy commotion," 1746, Cambridge University slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to rousel "drinking bout" (1602), a shortened form of carousal. Klein suggests a back-formation from rouse (n.), mistaken as a plural (cf. pea from pease).

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    Re: resigned in a row

    so you are saying that when "a row" is an argument, an altercation, it's pronounced as "cow" ?? For all the rest, it's pronounced as 'row' itself.

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    Re: resigned in a row

    Yes that's correct:

    He had a row with his wife (he had an argument with his wife) = row as in cow

    They had a real row in the pub = row as in cow

    I sat in row number thirteen at the show = row as in snow

    I taught my son to row the boat = row as in snow

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    Re: resigned in a row

    Do they pronounce 'row' as 'cow' (in this specific case) on the other side of the pond too?

    Thank you.

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    Re: resigned in a row

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Do they pronounce 'row' as 'cow' (in this specific case) on the other side of the pond too?

    Thank you.
    Not "as cow" as in "cow", that is, the "ow".

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    Re: resigned in a row

    I know, I was just surprised by this difference, 'ow' pronounced differently in the same word.

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    #10

    Re: resigned in a row

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    of course.
    Sorry if I stated the obvious, you never know. It is not the same as face to face teaching, this online help, I am only a beginner at it, I was 47 when I first bought a computer.

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