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    Smile crush ourselves to death

    Hello.

    We need water to float in. We can't survive long if we get stranded. We're big, you see, too heavy for our own good. We need water around us to survive. If we're not afloat we soon crush ourselves to death.

    In the context "we" are "whales." (The sentenes above are from a children's fiction.) I don't know exactly what the bolded parts mean.
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    Re: crush ourselves to death

    I presume it means that the animal's body weight is so great that it will die on land and needs to be in water to support this weight.

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    Re: crush ourselves to death

    Gravity will force the upper part of the whale's body down on to the lower parts, squeezing the inner body parts until the whale dies.

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    Re: crush ourselves to death

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    We're big, you see, too heavy for our own good.
    I am not a teacher.

    "Too adjective for possessive pronoun own good" is formulaic. "He is too smart for his own good" means that his intelligence gets him in trouble. "She is too pretty for her own good" might mean that she attracts the wrong kind of man. It's like "too much of a good thing". I would say that it is used somewhat inappropriately here, because being heavy is not such a good thing.
    Last edited by Coolfootluke; 22-Feb-2011 at 12:51. Reason: afterthought

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