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  1. Tinkerbell's Avatar
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    magically unbreak

    I perked up. I’d always wondered how someone as straight-and-narrow as Cal had gotten sentenced to Hex Hall. “They sent you there for healing someone?”

    “Making someone’s leg magically unbreak itself kind of draws attention to you,” he said.

    “Yikes. I bet. So when you did it, was there a lot of screaming and pointing? That’s what happened to me.”

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    Re: magically unbreak

    It's not a standard expression.

    When something breaks (physically into more than one piece), almost by definition you can't put it together again. A broken plate, a broken egg, a broken leg -- they will always be in pieces. Even if you are able to glue the plate together or when the bone eventually knits back together, you'll see the line where the pieces were.

    Only magic can "unbreak" something as though it never happened.

    (That's the implication.)
    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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    Re: magically unbreak

    There's usually an element of magic implied by these impossible negatives. This 'unbreak' reminds me of the quite popular 'However much you might want to, you can't disinvent the atom bomb'.

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    Re: magically unbreak


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    Re: magically unbreak

    Not only you, Tullia, I also thought it. Because I heard "unbreak" word only from that song. It's one of my faves. But I thought it means "Dont Break My Heart" for ages. But after this topic, I think it means "Fix My Heart". Right? Or not?

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    Re: magically unbreak

    I think so, yes. It was broken, but your love can fix it.
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