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    lenses flashed

    Hi

    A certain woman was riding on a bus, she had a chain that held her spectacles, but then she looked through the window and her lenses flashed.

    The above is an excerpt from a book. Now I'm wondering if the lenses are the lenses in her glasses, or did she have lenses in her eyes? The text doesn't explain that.

    Does "lenses flashed" mean that the sun was reflected in them and they shone?

    Thanks
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    Re: lenses flashed

    I think we can say with confidence that the sun reflected off the lenses of her spectacles.

    If she had glasses on, or even with her, she'd be unlikely to be wearing contact lenses.


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: lenses flashed

    I don't disagree with your interpretation in this context, but as someone who has worn contacts for 30 years, I now find myself more and more often turning to reading glasses.
    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: lenses flashed

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't disagree with your interpretation in this context, but as someone who has worn contacts for 30 years, I now find myself more and more often turning to reading glasses.

    As one who doesn't wear them, I merely ask out of interest: can contact lenses flash in the sun?

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    Re: lenses flashed

    Probably not, and I didn't disagree with your interpretation of that sentence. I just wanted to point out that wearing contacts does not preclude one from also wearing glasses. (Does that look at all like glasses?)
    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: lenses flashed

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Probably not, and I didn't disagree with your interpretation of that sentence. I just wanted to point out that wearing contacts does not preclude one from also wearing glasses. (Does that look at all like glasses?)
    Dark ones, certainly!

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