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    We've put up all our Christmas trimmings now and decorated our tree. It's not a real one because they have spikes which drop off on the carpet, and it's too much fuss to keep vacuuming them up. Instead, we've got a lovely big silver tinselly one with loads of ornaments and crackers all over it, bags of chocolate pennies and a fairy on top.

    What's the meaning of the sentences in type? Pls.

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    Re: Meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    We've put up all our Christmas trimmings now and decorated our tree. It's not a real one because they have spikes which drop off on the carpet, and it's too much fuss to keep vacuuming them up. Instead, we've got a lovely big silver tinselly one with loads of ornaments and crackers all over it, bags of chocolate pennies and a fairy on top.

    What's the meaning of the sentences in type? Pls.
    What do you think it means?

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    Re: Meaning

    I guess the writer doesn't vacuum the spikes, she collects them in a metal box with ornaments, crackers and chocolate pennies. And there is a fairy on the top of the box.

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    Re: Meaning

    The "spikes" are called needles and yes, real trees drop their needles once they are cut and brought indoors. You don't save them.

    This person has an artificial tree. A tree made from plastic won't drop its needles.

    The tree is covered with tinsel and ornaments and at the top of the tree is a fairy. We would have called it an angel. I guess if you want a holiday tree without any religious meaning, you can have a fairy instead of an angel.
    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: Meaning

    The "spikes" are called needles and yes, real trees drop their needles once they are cut and brought indoors. You don't save them.

    This person has an artificial tree. A tree made from plastic won't drop its needles.

    But the writer says:It's not a real one because they have spikes which drop off on the carpet,
    So, It means the tree is an artificial one, so they have spikes. Right?

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    Re: Meaning

    The writer is using "they" to refer to "real ones."
    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: Meaning

    Yes, I got it. Thank you!

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