Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. sherishine's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 79
    #1

    Question One meal in three was a loss

    Tonight dinner was being prepared by the sapper. Caravaggio was not looking forward to it. One meal in three was a loss as far as he was concerned. Kip found vegetables and presented them barely cooked, just briefly boiled into a soup. It was to be another purist meal, not what Caravaggio wshed for after a day such as this when he had been listening to the man upstairs. He opened the cupboard beneath the sink. There, wrapped in damp cloth, was some dried meat, which Caravaggio cut and put into his pocket.

    --------------------------
    The above is from the English patient.

    Does the blue words mean that these meals were not delicious, and one in three was a total failure?

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,893
    #2

    Re: One meal in three was a loss

    Quote Originally Posted by sherishine View Post
    Tonight dinner was being prepared by the sapper. Caravaggio was not looking forward to it. One meal in three was a loss as far as he was concerned. Kip found vegetables and presented them barely cooked, just briefly boiled into a soup. It was to be another purist meal, not what Caravaggio wshed for after a day such as this when he had been listening to the man upstairs. He opened the cupboard beneath the sink. There, wrapped in damp cloth, was some dried meat, which Caravaggio cut and put into his pocket.

    --------------------------
    The above is from the English patient.

    Does the blue words mean that these meals were not delicious, and one in three was a total failure?
    It doesn't necessarily mean that all the meals were not delicious, but you are certainly right that one in three was a total failure.

    It sounds like the meals were all fairly basic and certainly not exciting, though it's possible to make delicious, basic food, so the other two meals may have been perfectly acceptable.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #3

    Re: One meal in three was a loss

    PS It's more common in current Br English to say that a total failure is 'a dead loss'.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. menu and meal
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Mar-2009, 20:23
  2. three course meal
    By selvete in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-May-2007, 10:23
  3. what meal?
    By muskrat in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Jan-2007, 21:50
  4. what meal
    By muskrat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Jan-2007, 07:47

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

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