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  1. Over the top's Avatar
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    I couldn't bear to be torn way

    Hello
    I couldn't bear to be torn away from the book.

    What does torn away mean in this context?
    Does it mean to be taken away? If so, can I say the child couldn't tear away from his parents.
    Thank you

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    Re: I couldn't bear to be torn way

    I am not a teacher but I would rewrite that sentence as: The child couldn't be torn away from his parents. Or, (You) couldn't tear the child away from his parents. You meaning any proper/improper noun. But like I stated in the beginning, I am not a teacher, I just love our language!

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    Re: I couldn't bear to be torn way

    'I couldn't bear to be torn away from the book' means that I couldn't bear to be forcibly prevented from reading the book.

    It is also used metaphorically: 'It was time to go to work, so I had to tear myself away from my blog'.

    Rover

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