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    Is this the little girl I carried?

    Sunrise, Sunset

    My dictionary says: if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant.
    What does "carry" mean in the sentence below?
    Is this the little girl I carried?

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    Re: Is this the little girl I carried?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Sunrise, Sunset

    My dictionary says: if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant.
    What does "carry" mean in the sentence below?
    Is this the little girl I carried?
    We'd need more context to be certain.

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    Re: Is this the little girl I carried?

    Is this the little girl I carried?
    Is this the little boy at play?

    I don't remember growing older. 
    When did they?

    When did she get to be a beauty? 
    When did he grow to be so (this) tall?

    Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?

    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/minako/watanabe/suneng.htm


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    Re: Is this the little girl I carried?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Sunrise, Sunset

    My dictionary says: if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant.
    What does "carry" mean in the sentence below?
    Is this the little girl I carried?
    Sung by Tevye, a man, the word carry is used literally in the song Sunrise, Sunset. Is this the little girl I carried? (i.e. in my arms, from place to place) He is reminiscing about his daughter's childhood.

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    Re: Is this the little girl I carried?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Sunrise, Sunset

    My dictionary says: if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant.
    What does "carry" mean in the sentence below?
    Is this the little girl I carried?
    It doesn't really matter what it means in the context of the song. Any verb signifying doing something to a small child would work, as long as it had the right rhythm - breastfed, cradled, smiled at, sang to ...
    If a woman sings the song, it could mean "bore", as you say.
    If a man sings it, it has to have the literal meaning.

    PS: Having read riquecohen's post, I'll append to mine, " ... unless you know about the circumstances of the song's production, in which case, it's meant literally."

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