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    remote meaning from the past

    Would it be correct to say "remote Chinese philosophers"? As if they were from the past?

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    Re: remote meaning from the past

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it be correct to say "remote Chinese philosophers"? As if they were from the past?
    No, it makes them sound like they are on a distant mountain top, or that they can be controlled from a distance like a TV!

    You could say “ancient Chinese philosophers”.

    If you want to be more specific, you could say “Han Dynasty philosophers” or “Chinese philosophers of the Imperial Era”, for example.
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    Re: remote meaning from the past

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    No, it makes them sound like they are on a distant mountain top, or that they can be controlled from a distance like a TV!

    You could say “ancient Chinese philosophers”.

    If you want to be more specific, you could say “Han Dynasty philosophers” or “Chinese philosophers of the Imperial Era”, for example.
    Here is what I've found in a dictionary "remote-far away in space or time;a remote ancestor (someone related to you, who lived a long time ago)? Is this a correct defenition?
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    Re: remote meaning from the past

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Here is what I found in a dictionary "remote-far away in space or time;a remote ancestor (someone related to you, who lived a long time ago)? Is this a correct definition?
    Yes, it is a fairly good definition. But it doesn't mean you can always use "remote" that way. A dictionary can't fully describe how to use a word in every situation. You just have to be careful and learn through experience, I think.

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