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    awe-struck = struck with awe

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    When Germany's young squad takes to the pitch against Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town, they will be forgiven if they're a bit awe-struck.

    awe-struck = struck with awe

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: awe-struck = struck with awe

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    When Germany's young squad takes to the pitch against Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town, they will be forgiven if they're a bit awe-struck.

    awe-struck = struck with awe

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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    Hello, Vil.

    (1) I went to a very good (and old) dictionary and learned

    something that I had never known:

    "awestruck" (I think Americans prefer no hyphen) is the

    past participle of a verb that no one uses any more:

    awestrike. (As you said: to strike with awe.) Today most dictionaries

    call "awestruck" an adjective.

    (2) Thanks for helping me to learn more English today!!!

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    #3

    Re: awe-struck = struck with awe

    Hi Vil,
    It's not quite that they are struck with awe, but that they feel a bit of hero worship and are excited -- and a bit amazed --- to be on the same field (pitch?) as this respected team.

    If I am truly struck with awe, I am probably unable to move, my mouth is gaping open, and I am looking around in absolute wonder.

    If I am awestruck, I'm really, really excited and maybe a bit surprised to find myself somewhere, or with someone, that I have always admired.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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