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    like one possessed/ like all possessed

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to make the proper choice of the ambiguity for me expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I ran down the drive like one possessed.

    possessed = rash, frantic or energetically, vigorously or impetuously, headlong

    like one possessed = like a mad creature

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 24-Aug-2010 at 13:13.

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    Re: like one possessed/ like all possessed

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to help to me to make the proper choice of the ambiguity for me expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I ran down the drive like one possessed.

    possessed = rash, frantic or energetically, vigorously or impetuously, headlong

    like one possessed = like a mad person

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Yes, a person who is "possessed" (whether you believe in possession by the devil/evil spirits/demons or not!) behaves in a frantic, manic, crazy, irrational way.

    In your title, you have given "like all possessed". We don't use this. It's usually only used to describe one person at a time.

    She hurtled round the room like a woman possessed.
    He leapt from wall to wall like a man possessed.
    The boy thrashed about on the bed like one possessed.

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